Sarah Palin said she would not “second guess” Israel if it were to decide to strike Iran – and said it three times.
“We are friends of Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security,” said the Republican vice presidential nominee in response to a question from Charlie Gibson of ABC News about how she would react if Israel felt it was necessary to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability. Gibson then asked a variation of the same question two more times, and Palin repeated a variation of the same answer, emphasizing she would not “second guess” the Jewish state.
It was Palin’s first television interview since joining the Republican presidential ticket.
The Alaska governor also said that Iran must not achieve such weapons capability under its current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“Under the leadership of Ahmnadinejad nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are dangerous to everyone on this globe,” she said. “We have to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, the nuclear weapons should not be given to Ahmadinejad.”
UPDATE: It’s worth noting that Joe Biden, during a conference call last week with members of the Jewish media, essentially said the same thing when asked about the possibility of an Israeli strike.