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Dershowitz: Israel Has Legal Right to Attack Iran
Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Posted on 12/12/2011 5:30:26 PM PST by SmithL

Israel has every legal and moral right to stage a pre-emptive strike on Iran, renowned legal expert Prof. Alan Dershowitz said in Tel Aviv on Monday. He also wants to hear U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak out more strongly against Iran.

Speaking at the annual business conference sponsored by Globes, Dershowitz stated that regardless of whether or not it would be wise for Israel to attack, “Israel has the right morally and legally to strike Iran just as it did on [the nuclear facility] in Iraq in 1981. Having the right to attack does not mean that it should do so, but I would defend Israel’s right.”

Despite the “deep and positive” security relationship between the United States and Israel, he fears that there may be a “disconnect” over Iran’s race to produce a nuclear weapon and reach the capability to stage a nuclear attack on Israel.

(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alandershowitz; dershowitz; iran; nuclear
Prof. Alan Dershowitz
1 posted on 12/12/2011 5:30:31 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SJackson

fyi


2 posted on 12/12/2011 5:31:04 PM PST by SmithL (Proud Tennessee Volunteer)
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To: SmithL
Rational people don't want World War III.
3 posted on 12/12/2011 5:32:02 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: SmithL

Team O.J.


4 posted on 12/12/2011 5:34:13 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: DNA.2012

The legal right for what nations do comes from their ability to get away with it.


5 posted on 12/12/2011 5:34:25 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: reefdiver

That’s a different thread.


6 posted on 12/12/2011 5:36:06 PM PST by SmithL (Proud Tennessee Volunteer)
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To: SmithL

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.


7 posted on 12/12/2011 5:36:30 PM PST by expat1000
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To: SmithL

Damn, what’s come over the Dersh?


8 posted on 12/12/2011 5:37:19 PM PST by CARTOUCHE ( Civil War, the sequel, coming to a city near you. Watch for previews 11/2012)
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To: SmithL
he fears that there may be a “disconnect” over Iran’s race to produce a nuclear weapon and reach the capability to stage a nuclear attack on Israel

I fear that he may be right:


9 posted on 12/12/2011 5:41:48 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SmithL
I agree that there is a moral reason... but legal? War is outside of laws, regardless of the attempts after the 17th century to try to apply laws to it.

And before anyone lectures me on 'Laws of Land Warfare'... I've sat through that briefing and delivered it many times.

War is what happens when laws break down.

I would personally like for Israel to take out Iran's nuclear capablility, regardless of the legality. The morality is clear.

/johnny

10 posted on 12/12/2011 5:43:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Dersha is an asswipe. Israel doesn’t need any legal excuse or any reason to drop on Iran. Hey Bebe, let er rip...


11 posted on 12/12/2011 5:48:15 PM PST by libertyhoundusnr
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To: CARTOUCHE
He may be a dirt bag (and I believe he is) but he is very pro Israel...has taken on many for anti-Israel writings. Even those on the left...
12 posted on 12/12/2011 5:49:15 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: libertyhoundusnr

And when that starts a nuclear war between Israel and Iran, and other countries of the Middle East join with Iran in a massive full out war, then what?


13 posted on 12/12/2011 5:50:33 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: libertyhoundusnr
Dersha is an asswipe.

After consideration... I have to agree that is an accurate statement.

However... part of the problem is that pretending War has laws governing it. That gives people excuses to punish people after wars or establish international courts.

If you win and you want to hang the other guys, go for it. Don't look for a fig-leaf called 'law'.

I'm fighting against the establishment of any 'law' that presumes to control sovereign nations. Besides, of course, raw power.

/johnny

14 posted on 12/12/2011 5:54:03 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: SmithL
Alan, Alan, Alan. Give up on your demonic-rats.

Did you not hear Newt Gingrich or read Caroline Glick's erudite column?
15 posted on 12/12/2011 5:56:43 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: DNA.2012
then what?

Then, Damascus burns and Carthage delenda est.. Oh... wait. That's already happened. Several times.

Untwist the panties and man up.

I would bet on Israel winning and us having very, very few problems with islamofacists moving forward.

Pershing had their measure, and took the right steps.

/johnny

16 posted on 12/12/2011 5:58:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: DNA.2012
Rational people don't want World War III.

Rational people didn't want World War II, but some fellas named Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo decided otherwise.

Of course they could have given Chamberlain's appeasement approach a little more time to work, eh?
17 posted on 12/12/2011 6:03:36 PM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: DNA.2012

Welcome to FR. IRAN is creating WWIII with their oft-stated intentions.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 6:08:14 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: expat1000; reefdiver

Dershowitz is an unabashed liberal, and is wrong on many issues. However, he has been a consistent supporter of Israel, and I give him credit for that.


19 posted on 12/12/2011 6:21:42 PM PST by SmithL (Proud Tennessee Volunteer)
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To: F15Eagle
Welcome to FR. IRAN is creating WWIII with their oft-stated intentions.

Ditto. Sometimes you can guess without checking the born on date.
20 posted on 12/12/2011 6:31:11 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
However... part of the problem is that pretending War has laws governing it. That gives people excuses to punish people after wars or establish international courts.

He appeared on Foxnews one night shortly after 911, stating he wanted to defend Bin Laden in court.

21 posted on 12/12/2011 6:39:11 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: DNA.2012
Rational people don't want World War III.
Rational people don't run Iran. So now that we live in the real world, and not one were Helium 3 mines run by unicorns provide fusion power for the US, the question is whether we the world will be safer when the Iranians have nukes. I would say not.
22 posted on 12/12/2011 6:51:35 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: SmithL

...broken clock ...


24 posted on 12/12/2011 7:03:43 PM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: DNA.2012
And when that starts a nuclear war between Israel and Iran,

If Iran has nuke warheads on missiles, which it is in the process of rapidly getting, do you think it will not fire them on Israel, which it is totally dedicated to destroying no matter what the consequence?

Doing nothing is choosing the very thing you are afraid of happening - unless something is done to stop it.

25 posted on 12/12/2011 7:29:48 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Eureka_Lead

That was an incredibly illiterate rant.


26 posted on 12/12/2011 7:43:34 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: SmithL

He was here in Oslo in October and given his background I was surprised that he was such a defender of his motherland unlike most of his fellow travelers.

Like you I have to give him credit for that.


27 posted on 12/13/2011 4:04:25 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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28 posted on 12/14/2011 5:15:38 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I keep wondering the same thing. The whole point of war is that laws don’t apply.


29 posted on 12/14/2011 5:20:09 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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