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Iran Nuclear Watch: Bush – United States Will Defend Israel Against Iran

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) talks on his mobile phone during a tour of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Iran threatened to retaliate if it is hauled before the UN Security Council over its disputed nuclear program, by kick-starting sensitive fuel cycle work and blocking international inspections.

Reuters: Bush: US would defend Israel against Iran

President George W. Bush vowed on Wednesday the United States would defend Israel militarily if needed against Iran and denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for “menacing talk” against Israel.

In a Reuters interview aboard Air Force One en route to Nashville, Bush also said he saw a “very good chance” the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency would refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

“I am concerned about a person that, one, tries to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, and two, has made it clear that his intentions are to destroy Israel,” Bush said.

“Israel is a solid ally of the United States, we will rise to Israel’s defense if need be. So this kind of menacing talk is disturbing. It’s not only disturbing to the United States, it’s disturbing for other countries in the world as well,” he added.

Asked if he meant the United States would rise to Israel’s defense militarily, Bush said: “You bet, we’ll defend Israel.”

President Bush speaks during an interview with Reuters aboard Air Force One enroute to Nashville, February 1, 2006.

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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image


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