Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz ripped into the media on Wednesday, claiming that it helped Hamas in its campaign to portray Israel as attacking innocent civilians.
While appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Dershowitz called out Hamas for playing a “dead baby strategy” in which it put women and children on the front lines. When the media reports on that, Dershowitz said, “Hamas cheers and celebrates.”
“They want the media to show the dead baby,” he added, “even though Israel tried everything in its power to avoid civilian casualties.”
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Dershowitz's comments came just days after Israeli troops shot and killed 58 Palestinians trying to cross the border in Gaza.
He reiterated United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's argument that despite the criticism of Israel, every other western nation would have acted as it did:
“I was down there in Gaza. [...] I met with the soldiers. They are terrified about 40,000 people with arms and with Molotov cocktails breaking down the fence, murdering Israeli children, taking hostages and taking people who they can then exchange for prisoners. Israel did exactly what America is doing, and the world ought to condemn, A, Hamas and also the media that incentivizes and encourages Hamas to do this by reporting in such a biased manner.”
Dershowitz also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he said was “desperately trying to figure out ways to reduce the number of casualties.”
Monday's shooting in Gaza occurred on the same day that the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem, a move that provoked backlash but also praise from people like Dershowitz.
“It was a great event,” he said. “The embassy should have been moved to Jerusalem 70 years ago. Every country but Israel had the right to name its own capital, but for years, America would not allow Israel to name its own capital.”
Standing next to Ivanka Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reveals the seal of the US embassy, making the embassy's move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem official https://t.co/SvMeJoDE9S pic.twitter.com/9aThAZuThv
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Dershowitz also defended Ivanka Trump, who received criticism for smiling at the embassy opening while conflict occurred in Gaza.
“All sides of the political spectrum smiled,” he said. “It was a great event. It was a historic event,” he added.
Haley, while at the United Nations on Tuesday, fired back at speculation that the embassy opening spurred the violence in Gaza.
“Those who suggest that the Gaza violence has anything to do with the location of the American Embassy are sorely mistaken,” she argued.
“Rather, the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location,” she said.
And in an apparent protest of the Palestinian leadership, she left the United Nations meeting before a diplomat representing the region could fully respond.