Bachmann: Stage set for nuclear war against Israel

By the Associated Press | November 12, 2011 | 8:45 PM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says developments in the Middle East are setting the stage for nuclear war against Israel.

In a Republican debate Saturday, Bachmann warned that Iran's attempt to develop a nuclear weapon is part of a regional push against Israel. She said Iran is working with countries like Syria and groups like Hamas to push its agenda.

That means "the table is being set for worldwide nuclear war against Israel," she said.

Bachmann criticized President Barack Obama's approach to managing the U.S. relationship with the Jewish state.

Republicans are discussing foreign policy in South Carolina, which holds the first primary in the South.