Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was taken to task by other members of the government on Thursday over his decision to allow the bulk transfer of $25 million from the Palestinian Authority in Samaria to the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.
Other senior government ministers said the decision simply made no sense in light of escalating terrorist rocket fire from Gaza on communities in southern Israel.
Barak has come under harsh criticism for failing to order the kind of crushing military response he regularly threatens every time a barrage of rockets is fired from Gaza.
In related news, Israel's Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday that the Israeli air force has changed the flight paths of civilian passenger plane flying near the Gaza Strip for fear of anti-aircraft missiles believed to be in the possession of Gaza-based terrorists.
Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport lies only about 50 miles from Gaza, and planes leaving and arriving sometimes fly much closer.
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