Speaking to CBS’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that it is imperative for the United States to pledge military support for any potential Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, adding that the Arab world would privately applaud such a move.
“What should the United States do? Should it tell Israel, ‘Look, we’re with you if you take the lead here’? Or what should we say?” Schieffer asked McCain.
“What we should do, and it doesn’t have to be public, is sit down with the Israelis,” McCain said. “Rather than send our national security adviser and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to go to Israel and come back and say, “We tell the Israelis not to attack.” Is that the message we want to send to the Iranians?”
“Because of this weakness,” he continued, “the Iranians don’t believe we are going to do anything about their effort because of our other activities. We should in quiet negotiations say this is a line that you, Israel, can be confident that we will not let them cross and we will act with you militarily.”
“The Israelis are aware of the consequences of acting alone in the Arab world,” McCain added before concluding that “the Arab world will be celebrating in private if we deal this blow to the Iranians.”
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