Israel may go after Gaza rocket launchers


Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, warned on Sunday that if Palestinian attacks continue Israel will have no alternative but to "take action," adding that a major ground operation in the Gaza Strip would be necessary to effectively halt the ongoing rocket fire.

Ashkenazi told the weekly cabinet meeting that a number of alternatives would also be presented to the government.

Since the Gaza truce came into effect some five months ago, roughly 250 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel, the IDF chief said. He added that the rocket barrage on Israel's Independence Day last week was an exception to the norm.

On the subject of Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Ashkenazi said Hezbollah is trying to reestablish its presence south of the Litani River in southern Lebanon. United Nations Interim Forces In Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese army in the area seem incapable of preventing Shiite militants from accessing the area, he said.

It should be assumed that Hezballah and Hamas are coordinating their efforts. Hezballah has been helping Hamas prepare Gaza for a battle like they fought in southern Lebanon last year.

Egypt has warned the Palestinians that they are close to provoking an invasion. I think that is the Palestinians intent. The Palestinians really miss having an occupation to blame there incompetence on. The are eager to create a new victims offensive.


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