Monday, February 11, 2008

Qassam fire necessitates wide scale Gaza operation

From Ynet News 11/2/08, by Ahiya Raved:

Air Force Commander, Brig. Gen. Eliezer Shkedi tells Druze students that situation in Strip 'obliges consideration of continuing operations there'....

.....Shkedi estimated that the scope of IDF operations in the Palestinian enclave would be increased. "The continuing fire will at the end of the day obligate us (to carry out) a wide scale operation in the Strip. Terrorists on the (separation) fence and ongoing rocket fire is intolerable. This is unacceptable from our point of view," the IAF chief.

He also noted that current IDF activities against terrorist groups in the Strip are insufficient: "I won't get into political considerations, but (from a) military standpoint, we're operating in Gaza around the clock – combined – from the ground and the air."

During the event, the Air Force head also discussed goings-on in Lebanon and confirmed that Hizbullah is renewing its strength on the northern border, but refused to elaborate on a possible solution to the matter.....

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