Alan Dershowitz penned an op-ed at the Gatestone Institute defending the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a move that has received widespread backlash from both left and right—and has increased scrutiny of the interests involved—such as Genie Energy.
Anime Right News condemns the move.
No reasonable person would ask the Israelis to give the Golan Heights to the Syrian mass murderer Assad. It would be suicidal to hand the high ground overlooking Israeli towns and villages to a madman who would use it to target Israelis civilians with chemical barrel bombs, as Assad has done to his own citizens. No country has ever returned a battleship captured in a defensive war to an enemy sworn to its destruction. In addition, the Golan Heights is a big battleship that would be used to attack Israel.
For the most part, the main argument presented by Dershowitz is one seen at other pro-Israel outlets and heralded by political pundits—that Israel requires the Golan Heights for strategic reasons and to protect the country. It also dismisses Syria’s ownership of the territory, due to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that he may gas Israel if the land is returned to the country.
Dershowitz also projected the issue of Israel’s dominion onto Europe, claiming that because of European history, the act is justified and it is a “double standard” for the European Union (EU) to dissent due to post-WWII territorial changes. This of course neglects to mention the fact that such arrangements were a result of the individuals and interests which created Israel in the first place.
Of course, all of this at its core ignores the conflicts of interest regarding the move, due to Genie Energy’s multi-layered involvement with the Trump administration. Genie Energy is a company sanctioned by the Israeli government, to drill for oil and water in the Golan Heights. It maintained involvement through Jared Kushner confidant Ira Greenstein during U.S. airstrikes on Syria in 2017.
This means that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision is conflicted by these interests.
Dershowitz has endorsed U.S. military action against Assad.
Despite being a professor of law at Harvard, Dershowitz admitted to promoting the idea of recognizing the territory to Trump, which means he placed himself in a position whereby he facilitated Genie Energy's interests with the Trump administration—interests which should have legally barred Trump from this move.
It also should have prevented Trump from attacking Syria's government.
I had the opportunity to discuss this issue with U.S. President Donald J. Trump two weeks before he announced his decision. I provided him with the battleship analogy, which he seemed to appreciate. I told him that I thought the Sunni Arab world might complain, but that they really do not care about the Golan, which has no religious significance to Islam. There were in fact, some minor protests, but nothing of significance.
If that wasn't enough, this followed another article by Dershowitz, claiming that "Jews must never be afraid to use their well-earned power." This was partially driven by comments such as those made by U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential. When I hear that Jews contribute too much money to support pro-Israel causes, I say we must contribute more. When I hear that Jews control the media, I ask "Why is so much of the media so anti-Israel?" When I hear that Jews have too much influence on the outcome of elections, I say we need to increase our influence. We aren't doing enough. We must do more.
Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar Jaafari, called out Genie Energy's search for oil in the Golan Heights and an American board member: former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.
Anime Right News has shown that Genie Energy contributed to destabilization preceding the Syrian Civil War.