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Dershowitz: US Attack Mirrors Israel Gaza Attack

The United States air attacks in Syria against ISIS have some strong similarities to Israels military project in the Gaza Strip this summertime, according to kept in mind constitutional lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz.

In a Jerusalem Postarticle Wednesday, Dershowitz mentions retired United States Gen. Wesley Clark, who said the objective of the Syrian airstrikes is to degrade and destroy the infrastructure of terrorist groups, as well as the electrical grid, monetary sources and mixed military-civilian targets.

Israel pursued similar goals throughout Operation Safety Edge this summer. The difference, states Dershowitz, is that a few of the Arab nations supporting US airstrikes vehemently slammed Israel.

Among the most hypocritical nations getting involved in the United States attack is, naturally, Qatar, which not just condemned Israel for defending its residents versus Hamas rockets and tunnels, but actually moneyed the Hamas attacks and offered asylum for the Hamas terrorist leaders who ordered them, Dershowitz writes.

The US and its Arab partners can take preemptive action versus terrorist groups without fear of UN condemnation, a Goldstone Report, or risks to bring its leaders before the International Criminal Court. Yet everything Israel does, despite how careful it is to minimize civilian casualties, ends up being the basis for worldwide condemnation, he charged.

Dershowitz states it will be worth keeping in mind how the world responds to the US project in Syria due to the fact that global law is unclear concerning attacks on targets such as electric grids and sources of finance and is open to selective analysis.

He also notes that international law does not take into account scenarios where the opponent hides its useful military targets behind human shields.

The UN Human being Rights Commission is proceeding with an investigation to see if Israel dedicated war criminal offenses in the Gaza campaign. Israel has refused to take part, calling the commission biased.

On the other hand, a bi-partisan group of US senators has asked the State Department to examine presumed ties in between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the United Nations Relief and Functions Firm (UNRWA).

Dershowitz is the author of Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israels Simply War Against Hamas.

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