Monday, February 11, 2008
Invasion of Gaza Ruled Out
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday ruled out a broad military operation in the Gaza Strip, deflecting rising anger after an 8 year old boy lost a leg in a Palestinian rocket attack. However, Israel's top diplomat warned it will be impossible to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians as long as the Hamas rulers of Gaza continue to push violence. Ohmert said they should not let anger be their operational plan, in response to clamoring for a full-scale invasion of northern Gaza to take over the areas where militants have been launching the rockets. There were calls for the Cabinet for assassinating Hamas political leaders. residents of the battered town of Sderot near Gaza blocked the main highway entrance into Jerusalem as the Cabinet met.