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,” said Cheney when asked about the topic. “I think Iran represents an existential threat, and they’ll do whatever they have to do to guarantee their survival and their security.” 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.” 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.