Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert:

“Thank God for the power and the determination and leadership manifested by President Bush. … I know that Iraq without Saddam Hussein is so much better for the security and safety of Israel.” In 2004, the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University concluded that the Iraq war made Israel less safe because it “has created momentum for many terrorist elements, but chiefly al-Qaida and its affiliates.”