Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in the weekly cabinet meeting that whoever takes the North Korean nuclear problem lightly, will get nuclear weapons in Iran, and ultimately in the hands of Al Qaeda.
Olmert added that the nuclear threat from Iran is not only directed toward Israel, but toward the entire international community. “There is nobody who thinks that if Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will not get into the hands of other elements. The international worry, not only Israel’s worry, is that such a weapon will get into the hands of a group such as Hizballah, an element which does not have a country, does not hold any responsibility and that is a very dangerous situation,” Olmert said during the meeting.
On the issue of the Kassam rocket firing, Olmert rejected the criticism that he is not doing enough in response. Minister Shalom Simhon said that “if the Kassams were to hit Tel Aviv, the government would act differently.” Olmert responded and said that “in Haifa we had very difficult times when we had suicide bombings one after the other and even then we did not initiate operation ‘Defensive Shield.’ In Tel Aviv we also had many bombings and we did not act in a harsher way than we are acting now because of the hits on Sderot.”
Olmert said that the fact that 17 terrorists were eliminated in Gaza in several Israel Defense Forces attacks in the past indicates that there is no restraint on Israel’s side, and there will not be restraint either.