'US would defend Israel against Iran'

Bush concerned about a leader who has declared his intentions to destroy Israel.

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The United States would come to Israel's defense if attacked by Iran said President George W. Bush Wednesday night. Bush went on to denounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying, "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. "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." Earlier in the week, Israeli officials welcomed a recommendation by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to send the Iranian nuclear dossier to the Security Council, but cautioned against expecting quick economic sanctions against the Teheran regime. Following the surprise decision by the foreign ministers of the US, Britain, France, Russia and China to recommend that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at its upcoming meeting refer the issue to the Security Council, the officials noted that the Security Council would unlikely take up the issue until March.