GREGORY: You brought up Israel. He referred to a “Jewish lobby,” saying it intimidates a lot of people on Capitol Hill. What kind of thinking does that reflect? Can you understand pro-Israel senators being concerned by that comment?
POWELL: They shouldn’t be that concerned. That term slips out from time to time. There was an article this week that the Israeli newspaper Haaretz occasionally uses the same thing. Chuck should have said “Israeli lobby,” not “Jewish lobby”–and, perhaps, he needs to write on a blackboard a hundred times, “It is the Israeli lobby.” But there is an Israeli lobby. There are people who are very supportive of the state of Israel–I’m very supportive of the state of Israel, so is Sen. Hagel, and you’ll see that in the confirmation hearings–but it doesn’t mean you have to agree on every position the Israeli lobby takes.