Foreign minister sends note to Washington demanding explanation of activities.
“Something went wrong in the American blueprint for analysing the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat”
Avi Dichter, Israeli Public Security Minister
Distancing himself from Dichter’s comments, Olmert said during Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting that they “did not improve our ties with the US”, according to senior government official.
Israel has for years been warning that Iran is working on nuclear weapons and has backed the US in its international efforts to exert pressure on Iran to stop the programme.
However, Iran says its programme is only for peaceful purposes, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, calling the NIE report a “great victory” for Iran.