Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Olmert: Stop Iran by All Possible Means


"04/06/2008 The Iranian threat must be stopped by all possible means, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday night as he addressed the American Israeli Political Activity Committee.....

Moving on to the mediated peace talks between Israel and Syria launched recently, Olmert said that "Syria is currently a threat to regional stability, but if it ultimately makes the choice to have peace relations with Israel, for which it will have to disengage from its allies in the axis of evil, this will constitute a drastic, strategic shift in the entire Middle East. Iran's negative response to this process can serve as an indication of the benefits embodied in it. I can only assure you that any future agreement, if and when it is reached, will be backed by all the necessary security guarantees, and that I will never compromise on anything which could undermine Israel's security or vital interests."......

Olmert stressed that Israel "has never, nor will it ever, negotiate with Hamas, as long as it refuses to accept the three principles set forth by the international community. The reality on Israel's southern border is intolerable…While we have no desire to see the uninvolved Palestinian population in Gaza suffer, we cannot be expected to accept a situation that no other nation in the world would tolerate."

The Israeli prime minister went on to say that Israel would not be deterred by a large military operation in Gaza "if and when we come to the conclusion that this is the best way to restore calm on our southern border, but the fact that no such operation has yet taken place does not imply that we are not taking action."......"

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