According to a former top U.S. Administration official, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tried to convince George W. Bush not to invade Iraq in 2001, and told him "Iraq is not the enemy, Iran is the enemy."
The quotes appear in a report by the NFC news site, which identifies the official as "Gen (res.) Lawrence Wilkinson, one of former American Secretary of State Colin Powell's top advisors." He is also said to be "the person who, two years ago, exposed American intelligence's systematic lies before the Iraq War."
The official reportedly said that when Sharon understood that Bush was serious about invading Iraq, he asked to meet him, and relayed messages that "if you are going to upset the balance of power in the Middle East, this had better be done vis-à-vis the Iranians and not the Iraqis." Bush, however, refused to heed Sharon's advice. When Sharon understood that the invasion of Iraq was inevitable, he promised not to make Israel's opposition to it known.