Famous Harvard Law professor and attorney Alan Dershowitz is livid with President Obama for allegedly deceiving him in an Oval Office meeting.
The White House’s decision Friday to refuse to rebuke a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction drew the ire of longtime Israel supporter Mr. Dershowitz, who told Fox News Monday that in a private meeting with the president prior to Election Day, Mr. Obama vowed to “have Israel’s back.”
The council approved the resolution with 14 votes after a U.S. abstention.
“He called me into the Oval Office before the election and he said to me, ‘Alan, I want your support. And I have to tell you, I will always have Israel’s back,’” Mr. Dershowitz said of the president. “I didn’t realize that what he meant was that he would have their back to stab them in the backHe just stabbed them in the back.”
The lawyer said complicating such matters for a successor during a lame-duck period is the “most undemocratic thing a president can do.”
“What he did was so nasty,” the attorney told Fox. “He pulled a bait-and-switch. He said to the American public, ‘Oh, this is about the settlements deep in the West Bank — and yet he allowed his representative to the U.N to abstain, which is really for a resolution that says the Jews can’t pray at the Western wall, Jewish and Arab students can’t go to Hebrew University, Jewish and Arab patients can’t go to Hadassah Hospital, Jews can’t live in the Jewish quarter where they lived for thousands of years.
“[Mr. Obama’s] going to say, ‘Whoops! I didn’t mean that,’” Mr. Dershowitz said. “Well, read the resolution! You’re a lawyer. You went to Harvard Law School.”
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, defended the vote as consistent with “steadfast and unparalleled commitment to the security of Israel,” CNN reported Friday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office released a statement saying it would work with the incoming Trump administration to “negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.”