The Israeli PM blows the roof off Israel's decades old policy of non-acknowledgement:
"Israel is a democracy and does not threaten anyone," Olmert exclaimed. The only thing we have tried to do is to live without [threats of] terror, but we have never threatened anyone with annihilation. Iran explicitly, openly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map."
"Can you say that this is the same level, when they [Iran] are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, like America, France, Israel and Russia?" he said, adding that these were "civilized nations" who did not threaten the world's foundations with nuclear destruction.
The Prime Minister's Office claimed on Monday that Olmert's words had been taken "out of context".