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The Democratic Party continues to fracture over the issue of Israel responding with a declaration of war against the terrorist group Hamas after the latter launched a surprise attack against the Jewish state early last month that killed more than 1,400 people dead and saw 250 more taken hostage.
The party’s extreme left appears to be all-in for Hamas and their Palestinian benefactors, while more moderate Democrats have lined up behind Israel and its right to self-defense, including many notables like Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz and former President Barack Obama.
“Last week, while speaking at an Obama Foundation event in Chicago, the 44th president addressed the Israel-Hamas war saying that both sides of the conflict harbored some semblance of responsibility,” The Western Journal reported on Thursday.
Obama said: “What Hamas did was horrific and there’s no justification for it.”
But then he added: “And what is also true is that the occupation and what’s happening to Palestinians is unbearable. If you want to solve the problem, you have to take in the whole truth, and you have to admit nobody’s hands are clean, that all of us are complicit to some degree.”
🚨🚨🚨Obama says Israel is engaging in “OCCUPATION” Of Palestinian land.
Then makes a moral equivalency between the State of Israel and Hamas.
Hard to quantify how radical and extremist this world view is coming from a former President who funded Iranpic.twitter.com/cXwT8WBUcC
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 5, 2023
Dershowitz unloaded on Obama during his “Dershow” podcast following those remarks.
“You can’t make those kinds of comparisons Barack Obama. I have to tell you what you did is just despicable. It’s beneath contempt,” said the professor emeritus, who is Jewish and has been a strong defender of Israel for decades.
“Whatever respect I had for you, I have absolutely lost. Fortunately, so have many other Americans lost respect for you,” he added.
“I’m ashamed that I was your friend. I’m ashamed that I invited you to my birthday party. I’m ashamed that I accepted your invitation to the Oval Office. I’m ashamed that I allowed you to fool me into thinking that you actually supported Israel. You do not,” Dershowitz noted further.
The attorney, who has been a Democrat all his life, then predicted that the party would pay a price for Obama’s remarks if he hits the campaign trail for Democratic candidates next year.
“It was not a slip of the tongue. It was a very carefully contrived statement, trying to create a sense of equality and moral unclarity and moral comparison between something that can never be excused – murder, rape, beheadings – and something that is controversial politically and that you, Barack Obama, didn’t do very much to help the Palestinians get out of,” Dershowitz said.
“You have been an enemy of justice, an enemy to Israel, and an enemy to the Jewish people, and an enemy to decency. And I’m embarrassed I ever thought as highly of you as I obviously did. I was fooled by you. I’ll never be fooled again,” Dershowitz concluded.
He elaborated further during a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo.
“First, he said the occupation is unbearable. He just lied through his teeth. There is no occupation of Gaza,” Dershowitz said. “If life is unbearable in Gaza, it is because Hamas has been in control. The kleptocracy. People have stolen billions of dollars that were intended for humanitarian aid and put it in their own personal bank accounts in Qatar.”
Israel pulled its forces and citizens out of Gaza in 2005, effectively ending the occupation. The following year, Hamas won a majority in the enclave’s parliament and, in 2007, seized control of the strip of land from the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.
Dershowitz argued to Bartiromo that although Obama said, “the attacks by Hamas are not justifiable, he made them justifiable, because if life really is unbearable, as it’s not, then you can do anything you want to make it bearable and what he did was contribute to the risks of not only Israelis but Americans because it’s coming to a theater near you.”