Gaza rockets prompt exodus from Israeli village

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Forty families representing a significant portion of Kibbutz Kfar Aza are set to relocate as the community continues to come under fire from Palestinian rockets, one of which killed a local resident last Friday.

Ever since Jimmy Kedoshim was killed while tending his garden, members of the kibbutz have been discussing where in the country they would like to start new lives.

Speaking to Ha'aretz, a number of residents said they will not allow themselves and their children to become hostages to the failed policies of the Olmert government.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has come under harsh criticism for failing to honor his commitment to put an end to the Palestinian rocket fire coming from nearby Gaza.

Army officials have been pushing the government for years to authorize a major ground invasion in order to cripple the Hamas-led terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, but Olmert, whose wartime leadership abilities came into serious question after the Second Lebanon War, has resisted.

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