December 12, 2006

I thought this has been common knowledge for 20 years or more...

The Scotsman :

Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister unleashed a storm of controversy after an apparent slip of the tongue appeared to confirm his country had nuclear weapons.

In an apparent reversal of a decades-old secrecy policy, he suggested Israel has the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal.

Leading Israeli opposition politicians accused Mr Olmert, whose popularity was already dented by the recent Lebanon war, of incompetence and of undermining Israel's campaign for western nations to curb the atomic ambitions of Iran.

The row broke out after Mr Olmert said while on a visit to Germany: "Iran, openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map.
"Can you say that this is the same level, when they are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as America, France, Israel, Russia?" Read on...

Meanwhile, just to make the region just that little bit more unstable, Ahmadinejad had his own inflammatory anti-Israel rantings...

Let's not forget that the Baker-Hamilton report that the Decider has already decided he isn't going to listen to stated unequivocably that we could no longer ignore the Arab/Israeli conflict or refuse to negotiate with Iran if we truly wanted to create a stable Middle East.

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