You won’t see Alan Dershowitz back down very often, but the firestorm of bad publicity that followed his de facto endorsement of accused anti-Semite Stephen Bannon just forced him to recant.
Dershowitz continues to insist that Bannon is not an anti-Semite. But in an article in Haaretz, he now concedes Bannon is an “anti-Muslim, anti-women bigot” — which should disqualify him for a post in the Trump administration.
Why it took this supposedly smart lawyer at least two entire days to reach this obvious conclusion is intriguing, but better late than never.
But Dershowitz doesn’t miss another opportunity to slander Israelis and others who promote Palestinian human rights. He names Gideon Levy and Amira Hass, distinguished Israeli journalists, and says:
These writers have certainly been accused, and with some justification, of promoting hatred not only against the current Israeli government, but against the very nature of Israel and Zionism. Their hateful writings are often quoted gleefully by anti-Zionists and anti-Semites.
He is far harsher about them, and others, than anything he has to say about about Stephen Bannon.
Trump, and Bannon, continue to force Dershowitz and other pro-Israel apologists to squirm as they’ve never squirmed before. How long can Dershowitz and his allies excuse any statements and actions, no matter how extreme, as long as the people making them support Israel without hesitation?