Yep, the Harvard Law prof and former O.J. attorney tells a high-level 11 December gathering at the Institute for National Security Studies in Ramat Aviv, Israel, that Israel should simply ignore international law, because it’s “just a construction in the minds of a bunchof left wing academics.”
Dershowitz is giving up his own academic position, finally retiring from Harvard.
From Israel National TV:
Dershowitz: Ignore International Law
Arutz Sheva reported on Dershowitz’s remarks:
Esteemed advocate Alan Dershowitz says that Israel should ignore international law when deciding how to deal with Iran.
International law is “a construct in the mind of a bunch of left wing academics,” he said, in a lecture at the Institute of National Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv last week “There is no basis for international law in any reality. It’s not based on legislation. Much of it is not based on treaty. It is the ultimate exercise in elitist nondemocracy.”
Iran does not believe that its nuclear weapons program is in danger of being attacked, he estimated. It wrongly believes, he said, that Israel will not attack it unless the US gives it a green light.
The interim deal made with Iran in Geneva was “a mistake,” Dershowitz said. Iran “got what it wanted…China is already there in Tehran seeking business. Other countries are there seeking business. They see the end of the sanctions regime. The words may not be be that but the music is certainly in that direction.”
Dersh should get a friendly ear in the Obama White House, even though he worries Obama is too soft. But just like Dershowitz, Obama is another former law school prof who by his own actions has shown himself to belief that law, both national and international, is of little consequence when it comes to his own agenda.
H/T to moussequetaire.