Iran, take not: Olmert: Israel will target threats near and far

IAF Sudan strike / Olmert: Israel will target threats near and far

By Yossi Melman, Amos Harel and Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies

Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hinted on Thursday at Israel’s suspected role in an air-strike that reportedly hit a convoy of arms smugglers as it drove through Sudan toward Egypt in January.

“We operate everywhere where we can hit terror infrastructure – in close places, in places further away, everywhere where we can hit terror infrastructure, we hit them and we hit them in a way that increases deterrence,” said Olmert, speaking at a conference in Herzliya.

“It was true in the north in a series of incidents and it was true in the south, in a series of incidents,” he added. There is no point in going into detail, and everybody can use their imagination. Those who need to know, know. And those who need to know, know that there is no place where Israel cannot operate. There is no such place.”

Earlier Thursday, two senior Sudanese politicians confirmed that unidentified aircraft attacked the suspected arms smugglers, killing almost everyone in the convoy. An American news network said that the attack was carried out by the Israel Air Force.

(HH here: This probably won’t get much play in the U.S.. Unless there were a lot of hookers along with the convoy then the NY Times can have a headline reading: Israeli strike in Sudan kills 17 women aged 9 to 35.)