President Barack Obama made a secret phone call to Alan Dershowitz to discuss the Middle East, and the renowned civil rights lawyer urged him not to become "another Neville Chamberlain" by allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
"I was in a very busy restaurant in Tel Aviv with my wife where people dance on the table … and the phone rang and, 'Hello? The White House? President? Sorry, I can't hear! Can you call me back in 15 minutes?' So I rushed back to my hotel,'' Dershowitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"He knew I was in Israel, he wanted to talk to me about Iran, and we spent 20 minutes and talked."
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Dershowitz says he brought up Chamberlain, the British prime minister infamous for his 1938 handshake agreement with Adolf Hitler in which he declared "Peace for our time." A year later, Hitler invaded Poland.
"Any president that allows them to develop nuclear weapons will go down in history as another Neville Chamberlain," Dershowitz said.
"I'm fairly confident that there will not be a nuclear bomb under Obama's watch. What worries me is that the Iranians may create the capability of doing it and may wait to see who the next president is.
"I'm very worried. I'm very worried about that. Iran should never, under any circumstances, be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. They can't be trusted with them."
Dershowitz, author of the new memoir, "Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law,"
also commented on the case of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been revealing the nation's surveillance secrets after fleeing to Hong Kong, and then Russia.
"It would be important to get him back into the country and to get his data back into the country and out of the hands of the Russians, or at least out of the range of where Russia can obtain more of this material," Dershowitz said.
"On the other hand, Snowden, to my mind, is neither a traitor nor a hero. He committed a crime … Regardless of what his plan was, he went further than he had to if he were just a whistleblower or civil disobedient."
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