Former Harvard Law professor: ‘You say it’s occupied, we say it’s the capital.’
Former Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz says that US President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is the “perfect response” to “President Obama’s outrageous orchestration” of UN Security Council Resolution 2334during the waning weeks of his presidency.
That resolution defined Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation of international law” with “no legal validity” and demanded Israel immediately cease all construction in those areas, which the resolution called “occupied Palestinian territory.” The US abstained from voting on the resolution, allowing it to pass.
Later, reports emerged, corroborated by the Israeli government, that the Obama administration had not only allowed the passage of the resolution, but had played an active role in promoting it.
Speaking to Fox News today, Dershowitz said, “I think President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is the perfect response to President Obama’s outrageous orchestration of the Security Council resolution which he pushed through as a lame duck, that declared the Western Wall to be illegally occupied territory, the Hebrew University, Hadassah Hospital, the Jewish Quarter – according to this resolution that was basically pushed through by Obama, these are outrageously flagrant violations of international law.”
“The best response to that horrible resolution is for the President to say, we don’t accept the UN resolution, and the best proof of it is, we’re going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Dershowitz asserted.
“You say it’s occupied, we say it’s the capital.”