Don't 'Blackmail' Israel Into Peace Talks Over Iran: Dershowitz

Deal with nukes, then engage with Palestine
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2009 7:01 PM CDT
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz addresses an audience at Brandeis University, in Waltham, Mass., in this file photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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(Newser) – Clip Iran's nuclear claws first, then press for peace between Israel and Palestine—not the other way around, Alan Dershowitz argues in the New York Post. Reacting to a recent report, Dershowitz says Rahm Emanuel has it backward in putting Israeli-Palestinian talks before negotiations that could denuclearize Iran. "The threat from a nuclear Iran is existential and immediate for Israel" and is "a first priority," he writes.

"It will be far easier for Israel to make peace with the Palestinians if it did not have to worry about the threat of a nuclear attack or a dirty bomb," the Harvard Law School professor argues. "It will also be easier for Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank if Iran were not arming and inciting Hamas, Hezbollah and other enemies of Israel to terrorize Israel with rockets and suicide bombers." (Read more Alan Dershowitz stories.)