"No country in the world, including those that preach morals to us, would have shown restraint as we have," Olmert said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
He noted that when it comes to self defense, "what is acceptable for every other country in the world is barely accepted when it comes to Israel."
Olmert went on to say that Israel was nearing the completion of its security goals in Gaza, but insisted on patience from the international community and determination from Israelis. That is the only way Israel can "change the security situation in the south" in a way that provides "long-term security and stability."
In response to last week's UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cessation of violence in Gaza, Olmert was adamant that "no resolution that was made or will be made in the future that will deprive us of our basic right to defend the residents of Israel."
Israeli officials complained that Resolution 1860 had failed to adequately take Israel's long-term security concerns into account, and provided absolutely no guarantees against Hamas violations.
Forgotten or buried in most of the foreign media reports that blasted Israel for rejecting a ceasefire was the fact that Hamas, too, spurned the notion of halting the violence for anything less than terms that provided it with victory.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Like many, Olmert does not like global double standard
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took the international community to task for Israel's right of self-defense.