Dershowitz warns of congressional leftists' attempt to 'lie' about Israel

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Democrats in control of a politically unified government in Washington, holding the White House, Senate and House of Representations, have seen fit to attack American elections, propose massive tax hikes, open up the southern border, create a catastrophe in Afghanistan and propose turning over to federal investigator details about any consumer spending of more than $600.

They’re also using their muscle to launch attacks on Israel, America’s biggest ally in the Middle East and the only democracy in that region of Islamic theocracies.

Congress just defeated, after being called out by critics on both the right and the left, a plan from leftists to defund Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which knocks income rockets out of the sky to protect families and children.

Now they are at it again, with a plan from Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., to mandate the inclusions of “outright fabrications” whenever the U.S. refers to certain elections of the region’s fighting.

Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School who served on the legal team representing President Donald Trump for the first Senate impeachment trial, wrote about the situation at the Gatestone Institute, where he is a fellow.

Levin’s plan, he warned, “purports to further the ‘two-state solution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although I favor two states for two peoples, I strongly oppose Levin’s perhaps well-intentioned but ill-conceived bill, because it would destroy any prospect for peace, would reward and encourage terrorism and disincentivize Palestinian leaders from negotiating with Israel.”

He said the bill simply declares that “the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip are occupied territories and must be referred to as such by all American statements. It implies that the occupation is illegal and entirely the fault of Israel.”

That’s factually wrong, though, he explained.

“It is a categorical lie to say that Gaza is occupied. There is not a single Israeli soldier, policeman, settler or citizen in Gaza. The occupation ended in 2005. Gaza could have become Singapore on the Mediterranean, with a seacoast, farming and democracy. Instead, Hamas overthrew the legitimate government of Gaza by force and assassination. It ‘occupied,’ in effect, Gaza. It was only after Gaza became a terrorist enclave and committed war crimes by rockets, terror tunnels and terrorism that Israel imposed restrictions designed to protect its civilians.”

That’s only lawful self-defense and it would be “a lie – a blood libel – for the United States to declare Gaza to be occupied territory,” he said.

The issue of Jerusalem is “more complicated,” as the Old City’s Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall had been illegally occupied by Jordan between 1948 and 1967, and excluded Jews, he said.

“When Jordan attacked Israel in June 1967, Israel liberated these ancient Jewish sites and opened them up to all. These are not occupied territories. Nor is the rest of East Jerusalem, which is part of a united city,” he said.

Some parts of the West Bank, “the Etzion Bloc, Maale Adumim, Gilo,” would remain part of Israel even if a two-state solution was adopted, he said.

“These areas are not occupied. As to the rest, Israel twice offered to end its presence in more than 90% of the West Bank in exchange for peace. The Palestinian leadership refused these offers and are thus responsible for the current situation,” he said.

He said the result of Levin’s plan would be to encourage Palestinian leaders to refuse to negotiate over compromises that are “essential to achieving peace.”

“It also rewards the pay-to-slay and terrorist policies that are the primary barriers to peace. It sends a dangerous message to Palestinian naysayers: you don’t have to negotiate or compromise; the United States will compel Israel to give in to your demands without requiring the Palestinians to negotiate, compromise or give up terrorism,” he warned.

“A two-state solution is far from perfect, but it is far better than the one-state solutions advocated by the hard left and Palestinian extremists (one Palestinian state) and by some Jewish extremists (one Jewish state),” he said.

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