CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The country of Israel may decide it has to launch a military strike to take out Iran's nuclear reactors, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz.
Dershowitz, who is here in Charleston to give a talk on Israel Sunday night, said war is a terrible thing and hopes it does not come to that.
"Today, when I flew into Charleston, literally just a few minutes ago, there were several hundred American soldiers at the airport and it just made me feel so patriotic and so good to be an American," Dershowitz said during an interview at Live 5's studios on Friday."The greatest fear that I have is that these young men and women that I saw today will become victims of Iranian nuclear weapons."
Dershowitz said that the Iranians view the United States as the "Great Satan" and Israel as the "Little Satan." He said that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons and will use those weapons against Americans abroad.
It's an issue he intends to talk about this weekend in Charleston.
"I'm going to talk about the Iranian threat and how it should be dealt with and why Israel is a bi-partisan issue," Dershowitz said. "Always a bi-partisan issue, Republicans, Democrats alike support Israel and should support Israel."
When asked what the possibility of a military strike would be, Dershowitz said he could only speculate.
"I think that [Benjamin Netanyahu] would much prefer to work together with the United States to see if sanctions could work, if diplomatic isolation can work," Dershowitz said. "War is a terrible thing. It's always a last recourse. Under no circumstances will America put boots on the ground."
Dershowitz says if there is an attack on Iran, that it would be a coordinated air attack using drones and no American or Israeli soldiers.
"I sat in the Oval Office with President Obama not so long ago, and he assured me that the United States has Israel's back," Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz is scheduled to talk at the Sottile Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.