Breitbart News: Does the Hagel nomination represent a slap in the face to the pro-Israel community?
Dershowitz: No–I think it’s a heartfelt decision by the President, based on his personal relationship with Hagel. I think its a policy mistake. And I’m not the only person who thinks its a policy mistake. There are several people within the White House who urged him not to do it.
And I’m opposed to him for one primary reason, and that is [Hagel's appointment] is going to send the wrong message to the Iranian mullahs. They could easily misunderstand that the President is backing away from his commitment not to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, because Hagel has opposed keeping a military option on the table.
And it’s the wrong time to send mixed messages to those who are looking for an excuse for misunderstanding.
Breitbart News: Who were the opposing voices among Democrats and the administration?
Dershowitz: I don’t know for sure. I’ve been told–well, the head of the National Jewish Democratic Council came out against it…but I’m told that an number of others within the White House advised him not to do it. And there are a number of Democratic Senators, Jewish and non-Jewish, who are opposed but who will either vote for Hagel, if needed, to get him through–or will vote against him if their votes are not needed.
But this is not a liberal-conservative split or a Democrat-Republican split. Nor is it about whether Hagel used the term “Israel lobby” or “Jewish lobby,” for me. It’s all about Iran. And I think that’s a serious policy issue.
And I have been approached to testify, possibly, about it. And if asked, I will testify against Hagel’s nomination–on the issue of Iran.
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I have only one comment for the Obama voters: You own this.