Thursday, Feb 26, 2009
Israel’s outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shot a thinly-veiled warning at Iran on Thursday after its arch-enemy announced the completion of its first nuclear power plant.
“We are a strong country, a very strong country, and we have at our disposal (military) capacities the intensity of which are difficult to imagine,” Olmert told public radio.
“We have deployed enormous efforts to reinforce our deterrence capacity,” he said. “Israel will be able to defend itself in all situations, against all threats, against all enemies. I cannot say more but believe me, I know what I’m talking about.”
Although the remarks did not mention Iran by name they were clearly aimed at the Islamic republic which Israel considers its enemy number one.
Iran began testing its first nuclear power plant Wednesday in the face of deep international concern over its atomic drive and said the long-delayed project could go on line within months.
Officials from Iran and Russia, which has been involving in building the power station for the past 14 years, watched over the start of the pre-commissioning in the Gulf port of Bushehr.