Seeming to dismiss the hardships that the rocket-battered southern Israel town of Sderot is experiencing, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday insisted that living in Israel involves some risks and that the government cannot possibly fully defend its own people.
“Life in Israel involves some risks,” Ynet quoted Olmert as telling a gathering in Haifa, just before making the incredible claim that “the risks we face here are far less serious than the ones threatening Jews around the world.”
As his speech to the Israel Democracy Forum progressed, Olmert swept aside demands that his government provide more adequate shelters and defenses for Sderot and the surrounding communities, which have been hit by thousands of rockets over the past several years.
“We can't fortify ourselves senseless because there would never be an end to it,” said Olmert, who also continued to reject recommendations that Israel launch a major military operation to significantly downgrade the offensive capabilities of Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups.
Indicating that the current situation is about as good as it's going to get, Olmert said that he “expects the leaders of our communities and the media to be responsible and not to encourage demands any self-respecting government couldn't possibly act on.”