Saturday, April 28, 2007

Olmert:
A 10-Day Attack
Could Delay
Iran's Nuclear Race
By Years


Now, that's what I'm talking about:


"Iran's nuclear program can be thrown back by years in a ten day attack using thousands of Tomahawk cruise missiles," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was quoted as saying in an interview published online by the German magazine Focus on Saturday.

Olmert had reportedly said that it would not be possible to completely halt Iran's race to attain nuclear capability, but that a brisk attack that would delay it significantly was "technically feasible." While saying that Israel does not seek military confrontation, Olmert added that "nobody excludes it."

Only a few hours after the publication of the Focus article in Israeli media outlets, the Prime Minister's Office issued a statement denying the report.

The PMO said Olmert was giving a Focus reporter only general information and that he was speaking off the record.

According to Focus, Olmert said military measures would be considered only if existing UN sanctions, and "other sanctions" would fail to bring success.

Weighing the consequences of such a scenario, Olmert said that "we must also ask ourselves whether after a military procedure, the Iranian people as a whole would not become our enemy. And would not such an action pit other Muslim nations against us, thus creating even more problems?"