The Jerusalem Post annual conference: 7 Israeli ministers will meet you there!
Bush to Jewish leaders: I don't trust Iran to change intentions toward Israel
October 16, 2013 17:04
Former US president says at Conference of President's gala that Iran unlikely to change ways until form of gov't changes.
Former US president George Bush

Former US president George Bush 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Larry Downing)

WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush told a Jewish gathering that he did not trust the Iranian regime to change its intentions toward Israel.

“I will not believe in Iran’s peaceful intentions until they can irrevocably prove that it’s true,” Bush told the 1,200 guests at the gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, according to several people in attendance. “The United States’ foreign policy must be clear eyed and understand that until the form of government changes in Iran, it is unlikely that their intentions toward Israel will change.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The event, held Tuesday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, honored several past presidents of the organization and its longtime executive vice-chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein.

Bush’s appearance had not been publicized, and attendees were asked not to record or tape Bush’s comments.

The program also featured video testimonials from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as remarks from several Israeli and US politicians, and Jewish notables.

Bush, Obama and Netanyahu all praised the Conference of Presidents for its work in supporting Israel and strengthening the US-Israel relationship. Attendees said that Bush thanked Conference leaders for always being professional, knowledgeable and respectful of the office of the presidency, even when there were disagreements over tactics.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Iran
  • Jewish World
  • United States
  • george w. bush
  • Prev Article
    Jewish family presses Austria to return famed Klimt artwork
    Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze.
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a news conference in Andorra April 2, 2013.
    Ban Ki-moon: American Jews have made distinct imprint on the United Nations
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Joan Rivers
    August 28, 2014
    Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery


    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 5 - 17
      Beer Sheva
      8 - 17
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 7 - 15
      8 - 16
    • 10 - 23
      7 - 18