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Dershowitz makes case for Israel

By BOB FRYER Jewish Press


Alan Dershowitz speaks at the President’s Dinner. Alan Dershowitz speaks at the President’s Dinner. Paraphrasing his friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Alan Dershowitz told a packed house at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC that “If Palestinians put down their weapons, there would be peace. If Israelis put down their weapons, there would be genocide.”

The comment from Dershowitz, arguably the most famous Jewish lawyer in America, came during his keynote speech at the Tampa JCCs and Federation’s annual President’s Dinner on Jan. 27.

Dershowitz told the crowd of about 700 that he now spends more than half of his professional time defending Israel and had been a proud supporter of the nation since childhood.

The speech extolled the achievements of Israel and took on its The Tampa JCCs and Federation’s annual President’s Dinner attracted hundreds for awards
presentations, an update on the state of the Federation and to hear keynote speaker Alan Dershowitz.The Tampa JCCs and Federation’s annual President’s Dinner attracted hundreds for awards presentations, an update on the state of the Federation and to hear keynote speaker Alan Dershowitz.critics as he chided Palestinians “for never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” pointing out they were offered statehood numerous times dating back to the 1930s and have declined every time. He derided the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement, saying, “It is not a movement. It is a tactic.”

The Tampa JCCs and Federation’s annual President’s Dinner attracted hundreds for awards presentations, an update on the state of the Federation and to hear keynote speaker Alan Dershowitz.Dershowitz argued that if it was a true movement, the organizers would advocate for all oppressed Arabs as well as others seeking statehood such as Kurds, Tibetans and Chechens.

“Israel has never been stronger than it is now. It is a military and economic superpower and many in the Middle East realize it is a stabilizing factor in the Middle East.”

He said Israel has an admirable record of human rights concerns “for those on the other side” and asked, “Name a country that has done so much for the world?”

He took a jab at the ACLU, saying it applied different standards to Israel than to others when it does not find fault with the Black Lives Matter movement leaders. “I have devoted my life to black lives mattering, but not to the Black Lives Matter leaders who accuse Israel of genocide.”

Dershowitz cautioned his listeners against extreme political positions on either the right and left. “We have to fight against extremism on both sides. Use your power and influence in the interest of justice,” he said.

Dershowitz urged “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism and urged his audience to take pride in the achievements of Jews in America. “We have contributed disproportionately to the success of this country. We are entitled to demand we be treated as first-class citizens.”

During a question and answer session Dershowitz noted his long support for Israel, but said, “I disapprove with some of Israel’s policies and when I do I say so.”

Asked about corruption charges against Netanyahu, he said none of the charges against him make sense. “Trading favors for wanting good coverage – what politician doesn’t do that?”

He credited Netanyahu, whom he has known since age 22, and Shimon Peres with making Israel economically strong. He said he could not predict what will happen in upcoming elections in Israel, but said “Whatever happens, Israel will survive and thrive.”


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