Peres warns Olmert: Attack on
President Shimon Peres has warned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities is likely to trigger a wide-scale confrontation, A British newspaper reported Sunday.
Peres is the first senior politician to warn the prime minister against an Israeli attack on Iran, with other politicians threatening an air attack if Tehran does not abandon uranium enrichment in what the West believes is a quest to develop nuclear weapons.
"The military path will
not solve the problem," Peres said in an interview with
Peres said he prefers the civilian path, adding that he has voiced this sentiment directly to Olmert. However, he declined to reveal what the prime minister had said in response.
Peres, a firm believer in
international cooperation, added that
The danger is not a nuclear
"I recently told [Russian Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin that the Marxists say that religion is the opium of the masses. I say religion is the opium of leaders like Ahmadinejad," he added.
Peres said a serious attempt
to cut the price of oil would help reduce
"The world has no choice - if nuclear weapons reach the hands of terrorists, it will be impossible to rule the world," he said.
In the interview, Peres also
criticized American foreign policy, saying it relied too heavily on military
strength in its attempts to bring democracy to the
Peres said it would be wiser
to use economic strength, saying, "If you suggest elections to the Saudis
or to King Abdullah of