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Olmert sticks to his Iran stance

June 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert distanced himself from a Cabinet minister's suggestion that Israel will be forced to attack Iran.

A spokeswoman for Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said he had not been expressing government policy. Mofaz set off an uproar by saying in an interview that Israel will have "no choice" but to attack Iran if it doesn't halt its nuclear program.

Olmert's spokesman did not explicitly reject Mofaz's comments but said Olmert clearly stated Israel's policy last week. Olmert had called for tighter international sanctions and warned that a more "effective" solution was drawing closer, but would not elaborate.

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