The weekend newspapers were filled with open criticism of Prime Minister Olmert by IDF officials critical of his suspension of the operation and rejection of subsequent revised proposals. Olmert says he wants to give diplomacy a chance.
(Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist)
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Two friends confer before they embark
Provisions to be packed into vehicles
An armored IDF ambulance
A D9 bulldozer, used extensively during Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin, makes its way toward Gaza.
Equipment has been distributed and packed into individual packs.
Well-wishers sent off the troops with song and prayers.
A note before battle...
An armored personnel carrier with Gaza in the background.