The Constitution gives Congress all the authority it needs – and must use – to repair damage done by President Barack Obama to America’s critical alliance with Israel, and to prevent the White House from cutting a bad nuclear deal with Iran, legal scholar Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Thursday.
“Now there’s a myth out there that the president [alone] conducts foreign policy, and that’s nonsense,” Newsmax contributor Dershowitz told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner, adding that “the framers of the Constitution divided the authority over foreign policy between the Congress and the president.”
Dershowitz described Tuesday’s sweeping election victory for Republicans as a positive development for advocates of U.S.-Israeli solidarity – provided the party uses its majority power in both houses of Congress to “straighten out the skewed relationship between the United States and Israel.”
Identifying the administration officials who called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chicken—-” and a “coward” in The Atlantic magazine would be a good start, said Dershowitz.
“Congress can have hearings to determine who those two people were – senior White House officials who used those terrible words about Prime Minister Netanyahu, and who revealed classified state information telling the Iranians that American believes that Netanyahu was bluffing over Iran,” he said.
“You know what that did to Israel’s negotiating position and America’s negotiating position by revealing that information? Even if it’s true – which I don’t think it is true,” said Dershowitz.
Dershowitz said that Congress can and should compel testimony from administration officials and demand the identities of Netanyahu’s ad-hominem critics.
He also said the president has a role to play, whether Congress prods him or not.
“He must get to the bottom of this,” said Dershowitz. “Find out who the two people are who made those statements, expose them, fire them, and make it clear that that doesn’t represent the administration’s view on this.”
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