Olmert: Israel is not leading and should not lead standoff with Iran

Israel is not leading and should not be leading the standoff against Iran, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday afternoon. Israel Radio additionally reported that the prime minister warned government ministers to be cautious when making any public comments regarding Iran. Last week Defense Minister Ehud Barak hinted that Israel might have to tackle Iran's contested nuclear program without help from the US or its allies. Barak's utterance, the clearest and boldest Israeli reference to an Israeli strike on Iran to date, was answered Sunday with a warning from the Islamic Republic that Iran will retaliate on any Israeli aggression. Additionally, Iran accused Israel of trying to wreck relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.)