Cheney Remarks On Israel At Vice Presidential Debate

(October 5, 2004)


IFILL: Mr. Vice President, 90 seconds.

CHENEY: In respect to Israel and Palestine, Gwen, the suicide bombers, in part, were generated by Saddam Hussein, who paid $25,000 to the families of suicide bombers.

I personally think one of the reasons that we don‘t have as many suicide attacks today in Israel as we‘ve had in the past is because Saddam is no longer in business.

We‘ve been strong supporters of Israel. The president stepped forward and put in place a policy basically that said we will support the establishment of two states. First president ever to say we‘ll establish and support a Palestinian state nextdoor to Israelis.

But first, there has to be an interlocutor you can trust and deal with. And we won‘t have that, we don‘t have it now, in a Yasser Arafat. There has to be reform of the Palestinian system.