Sunday, March 2, 2008

Israeli official says comment on "holocaust" was manipulated

JERUSALEM: An Israeli official who sparked an uproar by using a word that can mean "holocaust" to describe what Israel might do to the Gaza Strip said Sunday his comment had been manipulated by the media but acknowledged he could have chosen another term.

In a radio interview Friday discussing Palestinian rocket fire at Israel and Israel's military response, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said, "As the rocket fire grows, and the range increases ... they are bringing upon themselves a greater 'shoah' because we will use all our strength in every way we deem appropriate."