Sunday, December 31, 2006

Israel on Saddam: "Iraqis Have Made Their Choice"

Israel on Saddam:

"Iraqis Have Made Their Choice"

Original post:

10:50 Dec 31, '06 / 10 Tevet 5767

( Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other top officials in the government had no official reaction to Saturday’s execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The only comment came as the response to a question posed by a reporter about Saddam’s hanging. “Iraqis have made their choice, and we hope for the Iraqi people that they establish a stable country for Iraq and the Middle East,” replied Olmert spokeswoman Miri Eisen.

Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh made several comments in an interview with Israel Radio, however. “We need to remember that there was an Israeli angle,” he said, reminding listeners that Saddam paid $25,000 to families of each suicide bomber who murdered Israeli civilians, and $10,000 to the families of each terrorist who died fighting IDF soldiers. “He sent 39 (Scud) missiles to Israel [during the 1991 Gulf War]... and tried to prepare nuclear weapons to be used against us,” he added.

Israel destroyed the Osirah nuclear reactor that was built near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in 1981.



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