Iran General NewsBush says US would defend Israel if Iran attacks

Bush says US would defend Israel if Iran attacks

-

AFP: US President George W. Bush said Washington would defend its close ally Israel in the event of an Iranian attack, in remarks broadcast on Israeli army radio on Sunday. JERUSALEM (AFP) — US President George W. Bush said Washington would defend its close ally Israel in the event of an Iranian attack, in remarks broadcast on Israeli army radio on Sunday.

“Whether there’s an imminent attack coming, I don’t think so,” Bush said in excerpts of an interview with an Israeli television station to be aired in its entirety later in the day.

“If Iran did strike Israel… We will defend our ally, no ands, ifs or buts,” he said.

Bush’s statements came just days before he arrives in the region for his first visit since taking office in January 2001 and the first trip by a sitting US president since December 1998.

The visit is aimed at boosting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks relaunched at a US conference in late November and at rallying regional opposition to Iran’s controversial nuclear programme.

Israel considers the Islamic republic its main regional threat in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated statements for it to be wiped off the map.

Widely considered to be the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power, Israel along with the US suspects that Tehran’s nuclear programme is a cover for developing atomic weapons, a charge Iran has denied.

“If I were an Israeli, I would take the words of the Iranian president seriously, and as president of the United States I take them seriously,” Bush said.

International support for further sanctions against Iran has been waning since a US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in early December said that the Islamic republic had halted a nuclear weapons programme in 2003.

On Sunday Iran slammed Bush’s planned trip as an interference in relations between regional states.

“We see such a trip as interference in the relations of the countries in the region and propaganda,” foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters in Tehran.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Narcotics Iran Regime’s Income Source for Terrorism

Besides Iran’s malign activities, such as its regional interference, and missile and nuclear projects, drug trafficking plays a major...

Must read

U.S. says Russia must freeze arms deals with Iran

Reuters: Russia must stop any arms deals with Iran...

New UN chief cites Iran as a top concern

Iran Focus: London, Jan. 04 – The new Secretary-General...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you