We do not have the privilege of allowing a situation to be created in which a country like Iran has non-conventional capabilities.

PM Olmert meets with Russian President Putin – 18 Oct 2006

I made it clear to President Putin that the Iranian issue is the State of Israel’s top concern. We do not have the privilege of allowing a situation to be created in which a country like Iran has non-conventional capabilities; Israel cannot countenance this. For us, when the leader of a country says that he wants to destroy us, this does not sound like mere verbiage to us but something that we must prepare for in order to prevent by all possible, acceptable means.

Address by PM Olmert at the opening of the Knesset Winter Session – 16 Oct 2006
I am pleased at the creation of an axis of moderate Arab countries, which want to take part in curbing Iran’s negative influence over the region. The Iranian threat is not only a threat to Israel and the free world. It is also a threat to Arab states surrounding us. Terrorism threatens the Arab world no less than it does other countries. Several Arab countries understand this. They are willing to act to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and generate a more optimistic and positive reality in the region.

Cabinet Communique – 15 Oct 2006
1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he will be going to Russia this Tuesday, 17 October 2006, for diplomatic meetings with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. Prime Minister Olmert said that in his meetings with the Russian President he would discuss the Iranian threat and developments in the nuclear situation with North Korea.

2. Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the Director of Research at the IDF Intelligence Corps and the Deputy Director of the ISA briefed ministers on current security and diplomatic issues including UN Security Council Resolution #1718 on sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the latter’s nuclear test, and the involvement of Iran and Syria in the upsurge of terrorism in the region.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made it clear that UN Security Council Resolution #1718 had been reached by consensus between the Anglo-American approach and the more compromising Sino-Russian approach. She said that it was too early to determine the implications of the resolution on the Iranian issue. The Foreign Minister also discussed this week’s European foreign ministers’ meeting at which they are expected to announce the end of negotiations with Iran and their support for the imposition of sanctions; a subsequent decision by the UN Security Council is expected.