The PJ Tatler

Dershowitz - will he or won't he (back Obama)?

Despite misgivings, the famous legal-eagle-defender-of-Israel Alan Dershowitz has been solidly in the Barack Obama camp – until now. In an article on the Hudson New York site – “Obama Explains – and Makes It Worse” – he appears to be backing way from the president:

This recent statement clearly reveals the underlying flaw in Obama’s thinking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is no way that Israel can agree to borders without the Palestinians also agreeing to give up any claim to a “right of return.”

Indeed. But Dershowitz goes on:

It’s not too late for President Obama to “explain” that that is what he really meant when he declared that Israel must remain a Jewish state and that any Palestinian government that expects compromises from Israel must recognize that reality.

For many of us, Obama has done quite enough explaining, thank you very much. We know what he really thinks now. (Just ask Rashid Khalidi, if you have any doubts.) Any “explaining” would not be believed. Yet Dershowitz still “hopes” for a “change.” Maybe it’s time for the esteemed professor to make a full break. Come on in, the water’s fine. (And it would be better for Israel and the USA if he did.)