More evidence of the power and autonomy of the Israel lobby. It turns out the Democratic Party’s platform’s lack of a Jerusalem plank isn’t the only thing wrong with it, and Alan Dershowitz is going to call the White House to complain. “The omission [of]… the Palestinian refugee issue and Hamas are, I think, deeply troubling,” Dershowitz tells the Daily Caller; the Democrats must be on the record not permitting any right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in Israel.
Notice the entitlement in Dershowitz’s boldfaced declarations. How many other Harvard law professors have a red phone to the White House? It would be hubris, or chutzpah, if he was blowing smoke. But I don’t think he is.
“As soon as I hang up with you, I will call people I know in the White House and in the Democratic Party and find out what’s going on,” Dershowitz said. ”But believe me this is not the last the Democrats will have heard about this issue. They will hear from me on this one.”
Dershowitz says while the platform debate could potentially just be chocked up to “carelessness,” he is afraid that anti-Israel extremists within the Democratic Party are having undue influence.
“It’s not the Democratic base. It’s extremists within the Democratic base who may have more influence than they should on platform,” he said. “I think extremists within the base may very well move the Democratic party away from its pro-Israel position.”