During a state visit to Germany, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [right] broke the ultimate of his country's taboos by offhandedly admitting that Israel has a nuclear weapons program. The prime minister's remarks came as he criticized the comparison of Iran and his country in terms of their desire for nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. Olmert said that such comparisons between the two countries were inappropriate, "when they are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as America, France, Israel, Russia."
In a follow-up to Olmert's gaffe, the prime minister's spokespeople said that he had not meant to infer that Israel possessed nuclear weapons.
Olmert also criticized German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's [right] recent visit to Damascus, Syria and warned Germany from becoming too involved in the Israeli-Arab peace process.