Thus ends the world’s worst kept secret.

Botched joke, maybe?

The prime minister became enraged when he was asked if the fact that Israel possessed nuclear power weakened the West’s position against Iran.

“Israel is a democracy and does not threaten anyone,” he exclaimed. The only thing we have tried to do is to live without (threats of) terror, but we have never threatened to destroy another nation. Iran explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map.”

Olmert then went on to admit Israel’s nuclear capability.

“The US, Russia, France, Britain and Israel have nuclear weapons but they do not threaten any one with it.”

He might have meant to say “India” and the wrong I-word came out. Whoopsie!

Incidentally, we can thank the new Secretary of Defense for having reintroduced this subject into the public debate. Or can we? Maybe Olmert thinks the time was right to let this cat out of its bag.

SPIEGEL: Do you rule out a military strike?

Olmert: I am talking about effective measures that will be accepted by the international community to stop the Iranian danger.

SPIEGEL: So you don’t rule out a military strike.

Olmert: I don’t rule out anything.

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