Cheney, Peres Warn of Iran's Reach

Veep on 10-day swing through the Middle East
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 10:41 AM CDT
Cheney, Peres Warn of Iran's Reach
Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks with Vice President Dick Cheney during their meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, March 23, 2008.   (AP Photo)

Following an early Easter prayer service in Jerusalem, Dick Cheney continued his 10-day trip focused on the Mideast peace process by meeting with Israel President Shimon Peres this morning. Both men warned of Iran’s rising influence in the region, reports the AP. "We have this problem of the Iranians who want to build two satellites, the Hezbollah (in Lebanon), and the Hamas in Gaza,” Peres says.

Peres’ office said Cheney was also concerned about Syria’s role in arming Hezbollah and that Cheney saw no intention on the part of Syrian President Bashar Assad to make peace with Israel. Though Peres was optimistic, a Hamas spokesman called the “so-called peace process” “paralyzed and ailing.” This morning’s talk followed Cheney’s bold pro-Israel speech last night. (Read more Israel stories.)

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