Michael Reagan, son of former United States President Ronald Reagan, says that the U.S. should carefully determine if the Assad regime was indeed behind last week’s chemical attack in Syria before taking any action in the civil war-torn country.
Reagan spoke to Arutz Sheva at the CHAZAQ organization's first annual dinner in New York this week. Reagan was the guest speaker at the dinner, which also included a Torah welcoming ceremony ("Hachnasat Sefer Torah") for a new Torah scroll written by dozens of prominent rabbis.
“If we’re drawn in, who’s going to control the density of the United States of America? I don’t know if this president, at this point in time, is the man to do that. So let’s find out if it is indeed Syria using the chemical weapons and not just a ploy to bring us in,” said Reagan.
Regarding Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, the former president’s son said that “if the world does nothing about what’s going on Iran, then Israel will have to do what it did back in the 1980s” when it destroyed a nuclear reactor in Iraq.
“This needs to be taken care of,” he said. “We know what Iran us. We know what they would like to do, and if we do nothing then Israel is going to have to do something. I don’t want to see Israel have to act alone, but it comes down to leadership and who is going to lead in this troublesome time when the whole of the Middle East is falling apart.”
Asked about whether he believes there will be peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Reagan said he was pessimistic. He reminded that “the Palestinians who were led by Yasser Arafat were kicked out of Jordan” and concluded with an interesting analogy about the Israeli-Arab conflict.
“The Israelis and the Republicans play this like they’re playing golf. The Palestinians and the Democrats play like they’re playing hockey. And if we want to win the day, we’d better get in the hockey game,” said Reagan.