Israel considers response after 67 wounded by Palestinian rocket

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held a number of consultations but made no firm decisions on Tuesday after a Palestinian rocket fired from the Gaza Strip wounded 67 sleeping Israeli soldiers.

The rocket attack occurred overnight, scoring a direct hit on the Zikim basic training camp that lies just a few miles north of Gaza. The wounded soldiers were all sleeping in tents when the rocket struck.

Many Israeli politicians, including not a few members of Olmert's own cabinet, demanded an immediate and significant military response. The rocket-battered residents of southwestern Israel have been calling for such action for years.

But officials from Olmert's office told the media that the prime minister was not inclined to launch a large-scale military assault on the Gaza terrorist infrastructure, and that at any rate, any serious response would have to wait until after the biblical High Holy Days, which will last until the end of Succot on October 5.

The results of a public opinion poll published on Tuesday showed that an overwhelming 69 percent majority of Israelis support a broad ground invasion of Gaza in response to the ongoing rocket fire.

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