George W. Bush, President Barack Obama's predecessor, told a gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Tuesday night in New York City that he did not trust government officials in Iran to change in their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people, according to an Israeli-based news service. The former president accused the Iranian government of being duplicitous and deceitful.
The gala event was held at the landmark hotel Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan and participants honored the past presidents of the umbrella organization.
While Bush did not mention President Barack Obama during his warning regarding Iran, most understood that during his speech he was referring to the Obama administration's enthusiasm for detente with the Iranian government and its sudden appetite for decreasing the intensity of the anti-Iran sanctions and Obama's cautiousness in criticizing the Islamist regime, according to political strategist and attorney Mike Baker.
"Obama and the Democrats walk on eggshells to avoid insulting the radicals in Iran, but their vitriol against the Republicans, the Tea Party and even conservative talk radio hosts and bloggers includes calling them 'terrorists,' 'extortionists,' 'hostage-takers,' and other derogatory terms," claims Baker.
“I will not believe in Iran’s peaceful intentions until they can irrevocably prove that it’s true,” Bush told the more than 1,200 guests at the gala.
“The United States’ foreign policy must be clear eyed and understand that until the form of government changes in Iran, it is unlikely that their intentions toward Israel will change,” said Bush, who himself was hated by the nation's left-wing -- including many liberal American Jews -- and Muslims.
One of the Iranian government's most effective weapons against the Jewish people is its proxy paramilitary and terrorist group Hezbollah, according to Bush. Hezbollah has recently extended its threats to include the United States since the group's fighters have been assisting the Iranians' ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in battling rebel forces.
President Bush’s appearance received little, if any, publicity and attendees were prohibited from recording or taping Bush's comments.
The program also featured video testimonials from President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as remarks from several Israeli and U.S. politicians, and several notable American Jews.
Bush, Obama and Netanyahu all praised the Conference for its work in supporting Israel and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship, according to attendees.
Bush also thanked the Conference leaders for always being professional, knowledgeable and respectful of the office of the U.S. presidency, even when there were disagreements -- sometimes heated disagreements -- over tactics.