Mahathir says U.S. is encouraging Israel to attack Iran

Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 05:02 JST

COLOMBO — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has told state television in Sri Lanka that he believes the United States intends to encourage Israel to launch an attack on Iran.

"I think they (the United States) will encourage Israel to attack Iran, bomb Iran, rocket Iran," he said in an interview conducted Friday night while on a two-day visit here. "After all, Americans are dying for Israelis. It's time that Israelis died for Americans in carrying out American policy," he said. (Kyodo News)