Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz responds to a visit by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to the Jewish-founded Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, January 23, 2007. (photo by REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Dershowitz: Israeli Strike on Iran Would Amount to 'Self-Defense'

Author: yedioth Posted February 29, 2012

Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz addressed an audience of several thousand Jews at the Jewish Center in Aventura, Miami, joined on stage by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to say, "Iran has taken enough actions to justify a military strike in response. Israel should enlist its best jurists to legally defend itself."

SummaryPrint "A military strike on Iran would be a pre-emptive measure taken in self- defense," writes Prof. Alan Dershowitz, one of the top jurists in the world and known for his support for Israel, earlier this month. He stressed that Israel should not count on promises by any of its allies and that it should prepare to legally defend itself.
Author Itamar Eichner Posted February 29, 2012
TranslatorHanni Manor

Referring to the US elections, Dershowitz called on the Jewish audience to "vote for whoever you like, whether Democrats or Republicans, but make sure first that every candidate you support is against a nuclear Iran and has pledged to do his best to prevent it. One should come to the rescue of fellow men in danger — remind your candidates of the moral duty."

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon asked Dershowitz why he declined at the time to serve as Israel's ambassador to the UN. Dershowitz said that deep inside he wanted the job, but that he was afraid that if nominated, it would be to the detriment of US Jews, as he would be accused of a double allegiance.

Professor Dershowitz of the Harvard Law School is considered one of Israel's greatest advocates. Dershowitz maintains that, in its fight against terrorism, the IDF is one of the most moral armies in the world — in certain respects, even more so than the American army.

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