Olmert: Israel made errors in Lebanon

PM: Livni played part in war's outcome; int'l community taking care of Iran.

Olmert has seizure 298.8 (photo credit: AP)
Olmert has seizure 298.8
(photo credit: AP)
Israel made errors during the Second War in Lebanon, and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni bore some responsibility for them, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said during a series of radio interviews Sunday morning. "We will draw conclusions from all the events that took place, we will make sure to fix the errors, we will make sure to better manage all things connected to security preparedness," Olmert told Israel Radio, but he emphasized that Israel "totally neutralized the activities of Hizbullah in the North."
  • Israel: 'No thanks' to Musharraf offer In an interview with Army Radio, Olmert said that Livni had been fully involved in the debates that took place before and during the war, and that the foreign minister had also voted in favor of the cease-fire. The prime minister also reiterated that the war had opened a window of political opportunities that had not been possible before. Moving to the topic of Iran, Olmert told Army Radio that the topic was being well taken care of by the international community. "The danger of Teheran is of greatest significance," the prime minister said, but added that he "refuses to get into apocalyptic predictions that try to create panic and hysteria." In his interview with Israel Radio, Olmert further expanded on the Iran issue. "The security council has passed two resolutions, which impose unprecedented sanctions," he said. "I think there is a possibility, even without a military operation, to stop Iran from going nuclear." Speaking to Army Radio, Olmert rejected the offer made by Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In an interview with Al-Jazeera aired late Friday, Musharraf said he was "eager" to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and would go to Israel if his offer to mediate were accepted.