Via France 24
So the Israeli PM listed Israel as a Nuclear Weapon State
“We never threatened any nation with annihilation,” Olmert said on German television station N24 Sat1.
“Iran openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map. Can you say that this is the same level, when they are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as France, America, Russia and Israel?” he asked.
Ah but no, its a big mistake according to a spokesman
Miri Eisin, the premier’s spokeswoman, said that Olmert who on Monday started a visit to Berlin had not meant to list the Jewish state among countries with nuclear weapons.
“Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the region,” she told AFP, using the country’s standard phrase at the heart of its longstanding “policy of ambiguity” on whether it has the bomb.
Both the Right and Left are criticising him
Right-wing opposition Likud MP Yuval Steinitz called for the prime minister to resign after having made “an irresponsible slip which puts into question a policy that dates back almost half a century”.
Leftist MP Yossi Beilin said “the staggering comments of Ehud Olmert only serve to reinforce the doubts on his capacity to remain prime minister”.
But this is not the first time it has been said lately that Israel has the ‘bomb’ as the Defence Secretary Designate of the US made a slip up in the Senate
Gates told the Senate armed forces committee last week that Iran was “surrounded by nuclear powers, with Pakistan to the east, Russia to the North, Israel to the west”.
Some experts say that Israel has 200 nuclear weapons but I think Israel are going to try and keep all this quite for another bit