Monday, December 11, 2006

Whoops! Israeli P.M. Olmert Lets the Nuclear Secret Slip, Cheapens Holocaust to Bully Germany

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."

Israeli politicians were quick to criticize Olmert's comments despite the fact that essentially every foreign government and official, including the new United States Secretary of State Robert Gates, knows that Israel maintains a nuclear weapons program, the only such program in the Middle East. "The fantastic statement of the prime minister on the nuclear issue reflects the carelessness ... and raises serious doubts whether this is a person worthy of serving as prime minister," said Yossi Beilin [left], chairman of the leftist Meretz party and a veteran Israeli peace negotiator.
"The terrible statement made in Germany undermines 50 years of Israel's policy of ambiguity, and joins the irresponsible slips of the tongue such as the announcement regarding the fate of the abducted soldiers in Lebanon," said Likud parliamentarian Yuval Steinitz. "A prime minister who is unable to control his statements on sensitive matters of security, must quit."

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.

For more information on Ehud Olmert statements on Israel's nuclear weapons program, see:

Olmert's comment follows on new U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates' [right] confirmation hearing testimony on Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program that the regime in Tehran may be seeking such weapons because it is, "surrounded by powers with nuclear weapons: Pakistan to their east, the Russians to the north, the Israelis to the west and us in the Persian Gulf."

In response to Gates' matter-of-fact assertion, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Ayalon [left] remarked in an interview on Israeli television, "These are lamentable words. It is not up to Washington to end the policy of ambiguity [on Israel's nuclear weapons program.]"

Who does Ayalon think the Israeli government is fooling? The Israeli government has passed out anti-radiation pills to local Bedouin living around Dimona [below] because the huge state-of-the-art complex is a desalination plant (as Israel claims)?
For the latest on Israel's "damage control" hilarity, see:
During the same visit, Olmert, in a television interview with channel NS24said that Germany should cut its extensive economic ties to Iran, remarking that such ties maintained in order to have a pretext for ties to the Iranian regime are wrong. "May I suggest to the German people, don't ever again use this argument when it comes to the life of the Jewish people," he said. "You may have an economic interest, you may have a business interest, but you have deeper and more fundamental moral obligation to yourself, to your history and to your future. This is a responsibility of the highest order."

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.

Since 1945, the German government has paid billions of dollars in reparations to both Israel and Holocaust survivors and the two countries have currently have strong diplomatic and economic ties. The thinly veiled reference to the Holocaust is only the latest example of Israeli politicians' despicable readiness to cheapen the Holocaust to push forward Israeli (not Jewish, Israeli and Zionist) interests.

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