Bush may not back Israeli strike on Iran

Monday, January 07, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

In an interview with Israel's largest daily newspaper just days before arriving in the region, US President George W. Bush indicated at the weekend that he would not support a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

When asked by Yediot Ahronot reporters when he would do if Israel presented him with evidence that Iran was close to obtaining nuclear weapons and told that Israel feels it must strike now, Mr. Bush insisted that the policy of the US is and will remain to deal with such issues via diplomacy.

Earlier last week, the president warned that if Iran does attack Israel, the US will militarily defend the Jewish state.

Israel, however, has traditionally preferred to preemptively attack such threats before they wreak widespread death and destruction on its citizens.

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