Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appealed to the international community on Monday to ostracize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying the world must not "bury its head in the sand" while he calls for Israel's destruction.
"It is inconceivable that ... a member of the United Nations continues to be received throughout the world as a legitimate leader while he stands up and says that another UN member state should be wiped off the map," Olmert told a business conference in Tel Aviv.
Olmert also reiterated that he did not support Israel Beiteinu's proposed presidential system of government, and that there was no majority in the Knesset for passing such a proposal, Israel Radio reported.
Olmert did, however, assert that it was necessary to change the electoral system.
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