In a series of attacks which rattled the fragile cease-fire between the Israelis and Palestinians, six more mortar shell were fired at Netzarim in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, bringing the total number of mortars fired since Wednesday afternoon up to 36. An additional three Kassam rockets were fired inside the green line.
Israel's Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz on 19 May 2005 ordered the army to use "all necessary means" to strike at Gaza terrorists firing mortars and rockets despite a shaky three-month-old truce. But security sources said any response to Palestinian attacks would be measured to avoid a serious escalation in the Gaza Strip. Is it because the people were not killed by those mortars and rockets ? IS IDF waiting till few people get killed by Islamic terrorists.
Mofaz gave the army a freer hand to deter Palestinian fire, which continued for a second day on today with three makeshift rockets hitting southern Israel but causing no damage or casualties. Mofaz also instructed the army to be prepared to carry out a series of steps in the event that the Palestinian terror groups escalate the situation.
Why should Israel wait till the Islamic terrorists attack them ? Why not to take a proactive stand and attack all the camps in Gaza and West Bank ?
Abbas is another Arafat. It is foolish to expect that the Palestinian Authority leadership will be able to stop the violence. Latest reports say that, closely monitoring the shelling, the IDF was considering entering the Gaza Strip to carry out an operation to halt attacks, depending on whether the escalated activity was anomalous, or rather, indicated a new trend.
"The IDF may enter the Gaza Strip - and even take control of the territories from where the mortars are being fired – if the shelling doesn't stop," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement Thursday. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was set to meet with security officials Thursday afternoon to evaluate the volatile developments in Gaza.
Let us see whether Sharon takes some wise decisions.
We will end this with Army Radio quote from MK Ehud Yatom (Likud) on 17 May 2005 "Restraint is not power, The government needs to remind the terrorists that the attempt to murder civilians will cost them a heavy price.."