President George W. Bush ville ikke gripe inn overfor byggingen av et hemmelig atomanlegg i Syria, viser en ny TV-dokumentar. Det var kontakt mellom daværende statsminister Ehud Olmbert og Bush.
Da Bush sa det kun var aktuelt med diplomati, svarte Olmert at «da løser bi det på vår måte». Det er daværende visesikkerhetsrådgiver Elliot Abrahams som avslører dette. Han var til stede da Bush og Olmert snakket med hverandre.
Opplysningene legger et visst politisk press på Obama: som forgjengeren ønsker Obama å forlite seg på sanksjoner og diplomati for å stanse en iransk bombe. Er det nok?
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert ordered the 2007 strike on a Syrian nuclear reactor immediately after former US president George W. Bush informed him that the Americans would not attack the facility, according to a Channel 10 report aired on Sunday evening.
Bush’s deputy national security adviser Elliot Abrams was present when the president called Olmert on September 6, 2007 and made clear that the US would not take action, and that then-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice would fly to Israel to hold a joint press conference with Olmert to alert the international community of the secret reactor. The US had decided to handle the Syrian threat via diplomacy.
Olmert responded to Bush that the secretary’s visit would not be necessary and that Israel would deal with the nuclear facility on its own.
“If you’re not going to act against the reactor then we are,” Abrams quoted Olmert as saying during the teleconference. “You don’t want to know where or when,” the former prime minister reportedly added.
The Israelis were convinced that time was fairly short, and that they had to strike the reactor — built by the Syrians with extensive input from the North Koreans — before it went live, the TV report said.
Israel has never claimed responsibility for the strike, named Operation Orchard, which occurred shortly after midnight on the same day. And Syria has never acknowledged that its nuclear reactor was destroyed.
According to Abrams, three hours after the strike, Olmert called the former US president and spoke briefly regarding the mission.
“I did what was necessary,” Abrams quoted Olmert as saying. To which Bush simply replied, “I thank you.”
‘If you’re not going to act against the reactor, then we are,’ PM told president, says advisor Elliot Abrams. Then, as now on Iran, the US favored diplomacy