Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert showed his hand — or perhaps another part of his anatomy — when he told the Associated Press yesterday that he had forced Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to abstain from voting on a UN resolution on Gaza that she helped to draft.
“I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to The Associated Press. “They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care: ‘I need to talk to him now,’ ” Mr. Olmert continued. “He got off the podium and spoke to me.”
Israel opposed the resolution, which called for a halt to the fighting in Gaza, because the government said it did not provide for Israel’s security. It passed 14 to 0, with the United States abstaining.
Mr. Olmert claimed that once he made his case to Mr. Bush, the president called Ms. Rice and told her to abstain. “She was left pretty embarrassed,” Mr. Olmert said, according to The A.P.
The State Department disputes this account, of course. I guess Mr. Olmert just got carried away and forgot he wasn’t supposed to tell that part of the story. Stay classy, Ehud.