J Street, in addition to undercutting mainstream Israeli and American policy toward Iran, has also mischaracterized the views of those it cites in support of its position, including former Mossad chiefs Meir Dagan and Efraim Halevy. It cites these two Israeli security experts as opposing an American strike and an Americanthreat to strike. Both Dagan and Halevy have repeatedly said, however, that the American military option “must always be on the table.”
J Street should get out of the business of telling Israel how to balance existential risks regarding the security of its citizens. It should stop undercutting American policy with regard to Iran. And as an organization that claims it is both pro-Israel and pro-peace, it should recognize that its superficial approach to this complex problem is bad for peace, bad for Israel and bad for American efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran without the need for a military attack.
If drums and sabers can prevent the need for bombs and rockets, let them beat and rattle on!
Originally published by the Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.orgAlan M. Dershowitz
About the Author: Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard University and author of Electile Dysfunction and Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.
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