President Donald Trump (from left), first lady Melania Trump, Sara Netanyahu and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visit Monday before an official dinner in Jerusalem. Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said the president is “saying and doing all the right things” during his visit to Israel. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dershowitz praised Trump for declaring during the visit to Israel that Iran must “never” be permitted to develop nuclear weapons, contrasting it to an agreement with the Iranians made by former President Barack Obama.
“His statement that Iran will never, ever be allowed to develop nuclear weapons is very different from the deal that President Obama made,” Dershowitz said. “So that was a very important statement.”
Dershowitz also commended Trump for visiting the Western Wall, a site considered sacred in the Jewish faith. He called Trump’s visit to the Western Wall particularly noteworthy given Obama’s decision not to veto the "stupidest UN resolution ever," which declared that the site is not part of Israel.
The famed professor said that he hopes Trump can facilitate an agreement that would open diplomatic relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia if Israel agrees to “stop building settlements deep into the West Bank” and do “a little bit more humanitarian work on Gaza.”
"If President Trump can come home with that deal, he'll be able to say, 'I accomplished more in 130 days than the previous four presidents have accomplished,'" Dershowitz said.
When Trump arrived in Israel on Monday, the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the visit as a chance to begin a different approach to U.S.-Israeli relations. Obama had an often tense relationship with Netanyahu.
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