Olmert opposes strike on Iranian nuclear program

Former prime minister says it is ‘definitely not’ time for military action against Tehran

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former prime minister Ehud Olmert has added his voice to a growing chorus of Israeli officials against a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Olmert spoke to Israel’s Channel 10 TV from New York Sunday.

“There is no reason at this time not to talk about a military effort,” he said, “but definitely not to initiate an Israeli military strike.”

Olmert was Israel’s prime minister from 2006-2009.

His remarks come after Israel’s former internal security chief, Yuval Diskin, said the government is misleading the public on the level of effectiveness of a military strike.

Meir Dagan, Israel’s ex-Mossad chief, told the station he supported Diskin.

Israel and the West suspect Iran is aiming to obtain nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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