Olmert: Israel Declared War on the Entire World

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticizes the current Israeli government: "Why is Israel declaring war on the Western world?"

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Ehud Olmert
Ehud Olmert
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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticized the current Israeli government on Thursday evening.

Olmert, who spoke at a gathering of the Israeli Farmers Association in Kfar Maccabiah, criticized the Israeli response to the condemnation of it by European members of the United Nations Security Council.

“I’m wondering whether Israel has decided to declare war against the whole world,” he said. “The State of Israel has decided to put aside all the important countries in the world such as England, France and Germany. What is the purpose of declaring war on the Western world which is sympathetic to Israel? Where is the voice of the Prime Minister? Why does he not renounce the things that have been said against our best of friends?”

Olmert was referring to the statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, in which it said the European countries “should have concentrated on peacemaking in centers of bloodshed such as Syria” and suggested that the countries would “lose their credibility and make themselves irrelevant” if they continue to choose to condemn Israel.

He also addressed the recent attack on the IDF’s Ephraim base and here, too, criticized the government.

“The fact that settlers beat soldiers and throw stones at them and they are still free and not arrested is a threat to democracy,” Olmert said. “It’s time to end this patience for violent outlaws.”

“We heard a few words of condemnation from government officials which were said perfunctorily, but if the attack on IDF soldiers was carried out by Arab residents, would they be under house arrest or roaming the streets? They would be immediately placed in administrative detention for six months,” he added.

“If we talk about democracy and the rule of law, how is it possible that the attackers are not sitting in jail?” Olmert said. “Why are government officials not using their authority? The price tag outlaws operate without being interrupted. There are those who condemn it and then close their eyes and let these things continue to happen.”