US President George W. Bush today called Iran the “single biggest threat” to peace in the Middle East. Bush was answering a question at Israel’s Channel 10 TV, “To me it's the single biggest threat to peace in the Middle East, the Iranian regime.” [AFP, 12 May].
Bush blamed Iran for the situation in Lebanon, “Their funding of Hezbollah -- look what's happening in Lebanon now, a young democracy trying to survive.”
“By the way it's in Israel's interest that the Lebanese democracy survives. You need to be concerned about Iran and you are concerned about Iran and so are we,” Bush said.
Bush is to arrive in Israel on Wednesday on a three-day stay in celebration of Israel’s 60th birthday. The president will also visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He will also meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah in Egypt.