Alan Dershowitz can be a frustrating man, but when he is good, he is very, very good.
I witnessed his courage personally a few years back when I was part of delegation with him at the Durban II Conference in Geneva. Dershowitz was a one-man resistance band then, protesting the speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at that UN-sponsored festival of anti-Semitism. (Well, he did have a few of us in support, but Dersh definitely led the way.)
I will skip past some of his iffier moments of Obama-induced backsliding to the present day when the Harvard professor has again stepped forward, this time to protest the decision of Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law to give its annual “International Advocate for Peace” award to U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Dershowitz told The Algemeiner in an interview: “I can’t imagine a worse person to honor for conflict resolution. Here’s a man who has engendered conflict wherever he goes. He has encouraged terrorism by Hamas and Hezbollah. He was partly responsible for Yasser Arafat turning down the Clinton-Barak peace offer.”
“He is significantly responsible for the second Intifada,” Dershowitz went on. “If he had told Yasser Arafat to accept that deal we might be celebrating Palestinian statehood today. He just prefers terrorists to Israelis.”
Okay, Dersh, how do you really feel?
Of course, I agree with him in this instance. Jimmuh, quite frankly, gives me the creeps — and not just because he didn’t have a clue how to handle the economy and botched the Iranian hostage crisis (sorry, Ben Affleck), but because of something deeper and more repellent. Carter, since leaving office, has behaved like a self-satisfied and self-regarding racist prig.
A dispute and a certain amount of backpedaling is going on regarding who is responsible for his award from a Jewish university. I don’t know much of the ins and outs of this, but Lori Lowenthal Marcus at The Jewish Press has some fascinating details.