Former President George W. Bush has made his mistakes as of late. His policy pronouncements have sounded more Democrat than Republican. But he’s still solid on Iran.
FNC: “Former President George W. Bush told Fox News on Wednesday that Iran is ‘dangerous’ for stability in the Middle East and the world, while warning that a two-state solution amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be ‘very difficult at this stage.’ In an exclusive interview with Fox News about his new book, ‘Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants,’ Bush highlighted the story of Mariam Memarsadeghi — an Iranian immigrant who, during the Iranian Revolution of 1979, came to the United States and has dedicated her career to the pursuit of democracy in Iran. When asked about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence, Bush told Fox News that what ‘you’re seeing playing out is Iranian influence targeted toward Israel.’ ”
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“I think the best approach with regard to Iran is to understand that their influence is dangerous for world peace, that they are very much involved with extremist movements in Lebanon and Syria and Yemen, and they are aiming to spread their influence,” Bush told media.
“Any deal that is done has got to not only focus on its nuclear capabilities, but also its influence in the Middle East. And you know, any deal, you’ve got to keep in mind the dangers of an aggressive Iran to our allies, and to stability, so it has to be a comprehensive look ”
On the two state solution? “I think it’s very difficult at this stage. I wish, obviously, all of us should hope there’s not violence, but what I think you’re seeing playing out is Iranian influence targeted toward Israel, and trying to break up alliances that were formed in the previous administration called the Abraham Accords.” The Accords were the historic Trump administration breakthroughs for peace in the Middle East.
“Once the sit-in settles down, and if those Abraham Accords hold, it will make it easier to establish peace,” Bush said. “But right now, those who don’t want peace are provoking and attacking Israel, and Israel is, of course, responding for national security reasons.”