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Cheney: Israel Would Attack Iran To Stop Nuclear Program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told the right-wing publication NewsMax that Israel would attack Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. “I think they would,ā€ said Cheney when asked about the topic. ā€œI think Iran represents an existential threat, and they’ll do whatever they have to do to guarantee their survival and their security.ā€ He wouldn’t attribute the view to any particular Israeli official, but said he’d “had a number of conversations with a lot of Israeli officials, and I think they correctly perceive Iran as a basic threat.ā€ Watch the video:

A 2007 news report said Cheney considered allowing Israel to bomb Iran to draw a reaction that would justify U.S. involvement, though investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported the next year that Cheney “privately” preferred a U.S. strike to an Israeli one.