(CNN) – Asked what a Gingrich administration would do should Israel decided to strike Iran, the Republican presidential candidate said Friday he would offer support for the Jewish state.
"I would say, if you believe the survival of your country is at stake, what is it we could do to help you?" Gingrich said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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The potential event of an Israeli attack became all the more real on Thursday, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said there is a growing likelihood Israel could strike Iran sometime this spring in an effort to destroy a suspected nuclear weapons program, according to a senior administration official.
Gingrich criticized the Obama administration for "failing" to stop Iran from building a nuclear program.
If he were president, the former House speaker said he would urge Israel to stick with conventional weapons, rather than launch nuclear warfare. But he argued no American had "the moral right" to lecture an Israeli prime minister about "what risk he or she should take with the survival of their country."
"People should not kid themselves. The Israelis are not going to take the risk of a second holocaust. And that is exactly what (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad with a nuclear weapon represents," Gingrich said.
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