Livni Fed up with Rockets, Calls for Re-Thinking Truce
Kadima party leader and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni reportedly will tell the Cabinet Sunday she wants a meeting with outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to consider taking action against Gaza terrorists attacking Israel. Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon (Kadima) is said to join her demand.
Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon (Kadima) is said to join her demand.
She previously has said that
The government has limited IDF retaliation to striking rocket launching cells that electronic equipment spots in the act of attacking
Prime Minister Olmert and the Hamas terrorist organization that controls Gaza agreed to a ceasefire on June 19 that was supposed to last approximately six months and be renewed with an extension to Judea and
Under the unsigned agreement, all attacks on Israel and counterterrorist operations were to cease.
In addition, Israel promised to keep open the Gaza crossings and complete a deal for opening the Rafiah Crossing with Egypt in exchange for the safe return of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
However, more than four dozen rockets and mortars sporadically broke the truce until early last month, when it disintegrated completely following intelligence information that terrorists had built and intended to use a smuggling tunnel near the security barrier to kidnap soldiers.
The IDF pounced on the tunnel, killing several terrorists, and terrorists followed with an almost daily barrage of rockets and mortars.
No significant progress has been reported in the attempt to free Shalit, and Hamas claimed that the agreement stated he would be released only after
Foreign Minister Livni, facing a widening gap in pre-election polls in favor of the rival Likud party led by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, said that the ceasefire is not being observed by either side and that the time has come for tougher military action.
Since June 19, Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Labor) and the government have stood by the agreement not to retaliate, except to close