During his just-completed tour of the Middle East, President Bush made no secret of his belief that Iran poses the biggest threat to the security of the region and beyond, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has his own ideas about Bush’s statements and Mideast allegiances, which he was equally willing to air on the heels of Bush’s visit.
Mr Ahmadinejad said Mr Bush had brought a “message of confrontation” during his tour, during which he warned Arab allies that Iran posed a threat.
In an interview with al-Jazeera TV, the Iranian leader also said Israel “would not dare” attack Iran.
He spoke as Israel announced it had test-fired a ballistic missile.
Reports in the Israeli media said the long-range missile was aimed at intercepting aerial threats against the Jewish state.