Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed allegations by ex-PM Ehud Olmert that he wasted billions of dollars preparing for “illusory security escapades” that did not take place.  Netanyahu interviewed on Army Radio called the statement “strange and irresponsible,” adding, "I will say that we have developed offensive and defensive capabilities for close and distant theatres and I think that this is a very important investment for the state of Israel." He reiterated that Israel "must do everything in its power to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons", a goal he said would be his "number one task" after his re-election (in the Jan. 22 parliamentary vote). Olmert resigned as prime minister in 2009 over a corruption scandal and received a one-year suspended sentence for fraud.