By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, Feb, 22 – During tonight’s CNN debate, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich once again said he would support Israel if the administration felt the need to attack Iran.
Moderator John King asked Gingrich if the Prime Minister of Israel called him and said he wanted to bomb Iran, would he say please stand down or would he give Israel the green light.
“The fact is, this is a dictator, Ahmadinejad, who said he doesn’t believe the Holocaust existed,” the former House Speaker said during the Republican Presidential Debate in Mesa, Ariz. “This is a dictator who said he will eliminate Israel from the face of the earth. This is a dictator who said he wanted to drive the United States out of the Middle East. I’m inclined to believe dictators. I think that it’s dangerous not to.”
“If an Israeli Prime Minister, haunted by the history of the Holocaust, recognizing that three nuclear weapons is a holocaust in Israel, if an Israeli Prime Minister calls me and says, I believe in the defense of my country – this goes back to a point that Congressman Paul raised and we probably disagree on – I do believe there are moments when you preempt. If you think a madman is about to have nuclear weapons and you think that madman is going to use those nuclear weapons, then you have an absolute moral obligation to defend the lives of your people by eliminating the capacity to get nuclear weapons.”