Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Israel Nuke Comment Sparks Controversy

"We'll blow the whole lot of you right off the fucking map..."

A slip of the tongue by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert about Israel's nuclear policy ballooned into a domestic crisis Tuesday for the Israeli leader, who came under criticism from across the political spectrum.

"Do you have nuke?"
"Yes...I mean, no. I meant no."

In an interview with a German television station broadcast Monday, Olmert appeared to list Israel among the world's nuclear powers, violating the country's long-standing policy of not officially acknowledging that it has atomic weapons. Asked by the interviewer about Iran's calls for the destruction of Israel, Olmert replied that Israel has never threatened to annihilate anyone.

"We don't make threats. We make promises."

"Iran openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map," Olmert said. "Can you say that this is the same level, when you are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as America, France, Israel, Russia?"

Way to go there Olmert. Explain your way out of that one bud. This is what happens when people who have to repeat first grade twice get into powerful positions. And what's with the whole "acknowledging" thing? Since when was something not true until it's admitted? If you think for a second that Israel doesn't have nuclear weapons than you probably also believe that Iran is going nuclear for peaceful purposes, that the Russians didn't whack Litvinenko and that George Bush actually has America's best interests in heart. And if you're one of those people, you're probably still amazed at indoor plumbing.


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