Olmert slams Yaalon for Spin comment

Monday, September 18, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticized the words of former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe “Bogey” Yaalon yesterday after claiming that the military operation in the last two days of the war was motivated by a political spin.

During Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting Olmert said in reaction to the statement of Yaalon that “If someone wants to attack the Prime Minister or the Minister of Defense, it is understandable, but I cannot understand how someone dares to do so to dozens of families who sent their sons to die, and claim they were sent to a photo-op. It is an outrage. I am sorry for the things that were said. They were not based on any facts or based on the work of a committee. They were said by an observer who was not even in Israel at the time.”

Olmert was reacting to the words of the former Chief of Staff who said in an interview over the weekend that the ground offensive, which concluded the war, was a spin, and that 33 soldiers were killed because of a corrupt move.

Olmert added that “It's a shame that the families of those who lost their loved ones are dragged into this argument on a whim. It's a shame that they are used to settle a score."

Olmert asked the members of the cabinet and all politicians to exercise restraint in face of the Vinograd Committee. “I am asking everyone to curb their urges and allow the committee to finish its work. I am asking that everyone involved let the committee do its job and keep quiet, and only then we can examine everything based on the results of the inquiry,” Olmert added.

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