WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2015 — Best-selling Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz was recently on “The Price of Business” to discuss his latest book, “The Case Against the Iran Deal: How Can We Stop Iran from Getting Nukes?”
Dershowitz, who has long been close to the seats of power both in the U.S. and in Israel, unleashed a scathing attack against the Obama administration for its naive decision to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran.
Dershowitz argues that decades of isolation have worked well to prevent Iran from getting nuclear bombs; maintaining that isolation is far more affordable than turning over the billions the regime will receive through this nuclear deal. I asked him, “is not the only thing that has stood between Iran and nuclear weapons money, and doesn’t this agreement make the money a reality for it?”
He said “absolutely,” adding that the status quo is much better than entering into another agreement with a nation with a history of violating agreements.
In fact, Iran has a record of violating agreements with the West — 20 to date — and there is no reason to believe it will improve its record going forward.
However, Iran may not have to cheat within the parameters established by this deal. Some areas in Iran are off-limits to inspectors, and those areas require weeks of advance notification to before they can be visited. Under these rules, Iran can simply play a shell game, moving material and technology around the country and developing nuclear arms before the ink on the deal is even dry.
Dershowitz points out that the government of Iran believes that Israel would not exist or continue to exist without the United States. That is why Muslim extremists describe Israel as the “little Satan” and the United States as the “big Satan.” If you remove the U.S. — “big Satan” — from the picture, there would be no problem with Israel, because it could not exist in such a dangerous world without us.
Dershowitz says that the safety of the U.S. hangs in the balance. I pointed out that roughly half of the world’s Jewish population is in Israel and half is in the U.S.; remove Israel — which, based on Iran’s rhetoric, is a primary motivation for their nuclear program — and the new target would be the U.S. itself.
He agreed; he believes that the safety of the United States and much of the world is linked to the survival of Israel.
I asked him what Israel would do if this deal went into effect. He says that Israel is not as shortsighted as the U.S. It will do anything necessary to protect itself. That includes attacking Iran before the Islamic nation can build a bomb. “I have known these leaders for decades” (including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), he says, and there is no way they will stand by and allow Iran to create the means to wipe out Israel. Israelis remember that 6 million Jews were wiped out in recent history during the Holocaust; Israel has no intention to ever allow that to happen again.
Dershowitz argues that policy makers have bought into a “bill of goods” that says that “any deal is better than no deal.” The objective of Iran is to eliminate the barriers between itself and a nuclear arsenal. Simple common sense says that this deal makes the U.S. and the rest of the world decidedly less safe.