Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Olmert: U.S., Not Israel, Should Lead Iran Strike

Israel could take part in a possible military strike on Iran, but should not lead it, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told CNN on Monday, saying that military action should take place only as if all other efforts fail.

Olmert’s remarks on Iran join a recent and heated Israeli debate on the issue, as current and past officials publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Most recently, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said he has “no faith” in Netanyahu’s and Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s ability to lead Israel to war with Iran, portraying them as “messianic.”

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan backed its counterpart on Sunday, saying Diskin spoke “his own truth.” Dagan is known as an opposition to Netanyahu’s and Barak’s militant stand, saying there is still time left to pressure Iran diplomatically to withdraw its nuclear intentions.

In a recent interview for Israel’s Independence Day, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff contradicted Netanyahu and Barak when he said the international sanctions are working, adding that he sees the Iranian regime as “very rational”. Days later Barak was quoted saying Iranian regime is rational, “but not in the western sense of the word.”

Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, Olmert was asked about this “war within Israel” on how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, with the former PM saying: “I don’t think there is a war, there is a serious and genuine dispute.”

For more, go to Haaretz.com

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    SKY & SCULPTURE

    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.