Iran warns it will attack US if attacked by Israel
Gen. Keane weighs in on latest threat
- Duration 5:33
- Date Sep 24, 2012
Gen. Keane weighs in on latest threat
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There isn't stark warning that's now public from the Iran's road Iran's rogue regime a senior commander saying that any attack by Israel.
Would force them to attack the United States which would touch off a broader war.
General Jack -- Fox News military analyst four star general former vice chief of steep -- chief of staff of the army and syrup.
Hello to you from London today you provided a number of notes here.
And I want to go through these -- so we have an understanding -- where you are what the situation perhaps could be.
You believe Iran does not think the US would conduct a military strike.
Well like I think they've looked.
-- -- -- administration and characterize their actions in this way they've publicly and privately they tried to keep the Israelis from conducted a military strike.
And I think the Iran's interpretation of that is the United States is not serious about a military strike.
Of their own and also wants to stop the Israelis from from doing so.
And and that's the conclusion I believe they've drawn.
-- see also say Iran believes the US is not when Israel to conduct a military strike was just something that you that you have stated before with thoughts but ever run struck US bases as they have now threatened to do and back we can show a map which is within reach you -- Israeli missiles -- areas in cutter.
Base in Bahrain you have all these.
US personnel soldiers and Marines working in Afghanistan.
What would happen.
What would Iran do what they strike out against us or is that hollow threat.
I don't think so I mean look at no one knows for sure what do you relatives would do they are unpredictable.
But I think when you look at -- coldly and hardly I -- The reality is this the deal running inside I believe would avoid military confrontation with the United States at all cost and why is that because the United States.
Is the only country that could defeat -- military and change out their regime.
Even though the Israelis would attack I think the running in response would be a limited response against the Israelis and avoid any direct confrontation with the United States so they attack -- -- bases.
We'll put them squarely at war with the United States I think.
Closing the straits of -- -- would would do this very same thing so so we don't really know what they would do and this is rhetoric I don't think they would do you believe they would use Hamas and Hezbollah.
-- absolutely I mean it would rain on the Israelis.
With the rockets the mortars and the missiles that they have provided to -- Lebanon Hezbollah.
And also to the -- Hamas and Syria has provided that capability and so has.
The Iranians whether they do direct missile attack against major cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
From Iran is another calculus they'll they'll have to -- because of that story -- the Israelis could ask United States for help.
And now would again put us at war with Iran -- -- just to be clear on this you believe that Iran things that Israel would launch a preemptive strike.
I believe the Israelis -- heading towards a preemptive strike because -- sanctions.
And -- policy -- -- -- suspect was it's not strong enough to stop them from developing a nuclear program and I believe the Israelis at some point.
We'll conduct this operation because they have no alternative they believe it's an existential threat and although they -- less capability that we do.
I I believe that they.
They have come to the conclusion that they have no alternative but to be clear and if Israel starts that strike.
Can they finish the war.
What Israelis would do would be a limited strike against Iran -- nuclear capabilities I think they would be very careful.
Not to expand not strike and so launch a military capacity.
Of the Romanians -- which would create a very different response.
From Iran -- to Israel so it would be a limited strike as comprehensive against the nuclear capability.
But limited in terms of what it would do with the rest rest of Iran's -- -- to -- -- finish that job would Israel need the United States.
Yeah absolutely I -- we have greater capabilities and the Israelis do.
We can't get into all that but yes they they want some of our technical capability that they do not have.
And I would hope that it if they got ready to do this it attacked that and when not gonna participate with them we would at least give them some of the capacity -- we have.
A lot of this attention goes about a Revolutionary Guards at a Tehran is making comments over the -- -- talk about war between Iran and Israel eventually happening this is his quote.
But it is not certain where and when.
And he also talks about nothing is predictable much like you've just reiterate to our audience here but that it would turn into world war.
What do you make of that.
Well I think it's mostly posturing.
Clearly because I believe the audience there is -- Washington DC.
And they want us to put more pressure on the Israelis not to do the attack because of the results and calamity that he is suggesting what happened as a result of an attack like that so I think that's what they're trying to -- United States pressure Israel not to do the attack we put up pressure on him before.
And -- -- running and while not saying it directly apply and that's what we should have general Jack -- thank you sir good luck in your travels a reminder we'll see you back in New -- now that.