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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert: U.S., not Israel should lead strike on Iran

In interview with CNN, former PM says military option should be the last resort, one supported by the Washington and the international community. By HaaretzTags: Ehud OlmertEhud BarakBenjamin NetanyahuMeir DaganYuval DiskinIran sanctionsIsrael could take part in a possible military strike on Iran, but should not lead it, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told CNN on Monday, saying that military action should take place only as if all other efforts fail.

Olmert's remarks on Iran join a recent and heated Israeli debate on the issue, as current and past officials publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stance on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

Most recently, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin [url=http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-s-former-shin-bet-chief-i-have-no-confidence-in-netanyahu-barak-1.426908]said he has "no faith"[/url] in Netanyahu's and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's ability to lead Israel to war with Iran, portraying them as "messianic."

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan backed its counterpart on Sunday, saying Diskin spoke "his own truth." Dagan is known as an opposition to Netanyahu's and Barak's militant stand, saying there is still time left to pressure Iran diplomatically to withdraw its nuclear intentions.

In a recent interview for Israel's Independence Day, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff contradicted Netanyahu and Barak when he said the international sanctions are working, adding that he sees the Iranian regime as "very rational". Days later Barak was quoted saying Iranian regime is rational, "but not in the western sense of the word."

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday, Olmert was asked about this "war within Israel" on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, with the former PM saying: "I don't think there is a war, there is a serious and genuine dispute."

"The last resort is a military action, and I prefer it to be an American action, supported by the international community, if all the other efforts will fail," Olmert answered, saying Israel should only have a secondary role in such a scenario.

"The United States should be the one that decides on it, on the scope of it, on the extent of it, its cooperation," said Olmert. "Israel certainly could be a part of the effort, but Israel should not lead it."

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/ehud-olmert-u-s-not-israel-should-lead-possible-strike-on-iran-1.427487


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  • Who cares what the corrupt Olmert says....the guy will be in prison soon.

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  • Israel might launch a strike one of these days. The U.S. might even provide non-combat support. But the U.S. is not going to start anything against Iran.

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  • How many wars has the US fought for Israel? Zero, None.

    How many wars has the US fought against Israel? Zero, None.

    How many wars has the US fought for an Arab country? Several

    How many wars has the US fought against an Arab country? Several

    Enough said.

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    • @Skinnydaddy How many times has Israel tried to free a spy that sold US nuclear secrets to the Soviets? INFINITE

      Nuff said

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    • @FUCK_S0PA LOL one spy? Thats your whole argument?
      Lets see One spy. Ok thats a bad mark against Israel.
      Vs
      Arab nations thats have started more wars, Gotten more US soldiers killed more civilians killed.
      Produces more terrorists than anyone else combined.

      Sorry Still very very heavily in favor of Israel.

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    • @Skinnydaddy
      'Casper Weinberger, in his affidavit opposing a reduced sentence for Pollard, described the damage done to the United States thus, "[It is] difficult to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by... Pollard's treasonous behavior.'

      'The C.I.A. says China has been acquiring advanced military technology from Israel for more than a decade on programs for jet fighters, air-to-air missiles and tanks. The agency said the sale of Israeli military technology More..

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    • @Skinnydaddy

      How many times should the US fight a war for any foreign country? Zero, none.

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    • @FUCK_S0PA Hah Trying but its sad to see someone fail on propaganda.

      Ya, Weinburger is the last person with the right to say shit about selling anything to anyone. He helped broker a deal that sold Tow Anti-tank missiles to Iran. President Clinton gave China ballistic rocket technology. Most of the weapons being used against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan where given to them by the CIA.

      As for the USS liberty. while a tragedy. I believe the term beating a dead horse would be the correct assump More..

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  • cant handle a 1on1?

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  • So irrelevant it's not even registering on the charts of random.

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  • The problem with the Israeli Knesset is that they're basically a bunch of douchebags who make Jews look bad.

    I've never had a problem with a Jew in my entire life.

    Israel is like the US in that regard: great people but a terrible government.

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  • America should really stop being Israels little bitch. Enough money and blood have been spent on this parasite already. Enough is enough!

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  • Of course USA has to do what their pimp israel says lol

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