Gingrich says Israel can't let Iran go nuclear

Associated Press SHARE

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he sees no evidence that the Obama administration is taking steps to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

Gingrich tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Iran is playing the U.S. leadership for fools.

He says the White House is "trying desperately" to persuade the Israelis not to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. But Gingrich says no leader of Israel could responsibly allow Tehran to have nuclear capability.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

President Barack Obama is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.