Famed attorney and professor Alan Dershowitz, who is a lifelong Democrat, referred to President Barack Obama as “one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever.” This came after the Obama administration refused to use its veto power in a United Nations Security Council vote that condemned Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. Dershowitz said, “What he did was so nasty, he pulled a bait and switch.”
Speaking on Fox & Friends, Dershowitz said “He will go down in history, President Obama, as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever,” and added, “What he did to Syria, and what he was partly responsible for happening in Aleppo, creating a vacuum for Russia. …”
Averring that he was supportive of Obama’s picks for Supreme Court, Dershowitz said that Obama caused “terrible conflict” for “liberal Democrats” like himself who support the president’s domestic policies but find that he was an “appaling president when it came to foreign policy. He hurt America so badly.”
Regarding the perennial feud between Obama and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Dershowitz said about the Obama’s abstention at the U.N.: “That’s not the way policy should be made….To get even in the lame-duck period, when there are no checks and balances and you don’t have to worry about any election. It”s the most undemocratic thing a president can do to tie the hands of his successor during the lame-duck period.”
Dershowitz even accused Obama of dishonesty. “What he did was so nasty, he pulled a bait and switch. He told the American public this is all about the settlements deep in the West Bank. And yet, he allowed he representative to the U.N. to abstain –which is really a vote for– a resolution that says the Jews can’t pray at the Western Wall…Jews can’t live in the Jewish Quarter [of Jerusalem] where they have lived for thousands of years. And he’s going to say, ‘Whoops! I didn’t mean that!’ Well read the resolution! You’re a lawyer, you went to Harvard Law School.”
“He called me into the Oval Office before the election…and he told me he would always have Israel’s back. I didn’t realize what he meant is that he would have Israel’s back so he could stab them in the back.” Dershowitz added. When Dershowitz was asked by the Fox News show host why Obama took his action, he said that it was to "get back" at Netanyahu. The famed lawyer said that Obama has not only effectively sought to "tie" Trump's hands, but he has also made peace more difficult to achieve.
Dershowitz said that Donald Trump was correct to intervene on the side of Israel even before taking office. The issue caused Netanyahu to issue bitter criticism of Obama over the "shameful" decision. Netanyahu has ordered cabinet ministers to refrain from traveling to or meeting officials of countries that voted in favor of the UN resolution until Trump takes office on January 20. Among them are Russia, New Zealand, and China. Dershowitz pointed out that Russia is currently occupying a part of Ukraine, China occupies Tibet, and New Zealand was founded by settlers who wiped out the native Maori population. "What hypocrisy!" said Dershowitz.
The Security Council vote was 15-0 when the U.S. abstained. The vote can to fruition on December 23, even after Netanyahu had earlier successfully lobbied Egypt, which proposed the draft resolution, to withdraw it temporarily after getting help from Trump to persuade Cairo to drop the bid. Trump and Netanyahu had also urged Obama to veto the resolution, with the US president-elect saying "as the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations."