Monday, January 14, 2008


Olmert: All options to counter Iranian threat on the table (JPost)
"Regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran, all options are on the table," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told MKs at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Monday.

Olmert arrived at the FADC meeting to give committee members an update on the Iranian threat, as well as the situation on Israel's northern border and negotiations with the Palestinians.

While Israel was considering even extreme possibilities, such as military action, "the threat of a nuclear Iran gives context to the options that we're putting on the table," Olmert said.

"Israel cannot reconcile itself with a nuclear Iran," he added.

Referring to the American National Intelligence Estimate published in late 2007, a report that opened with a statement to the effect that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, Olmert said that "our conclusions are not necessarily identical to what one can understand from the NIE. As far as Israel is concerned, the Iranians are continuing efforts to produce non-conventional [weapons], and therefore we must use all of the means at our disposal to stop them."

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that less talk and more action should be taken regarding the Iranian threat.

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