Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the world is fed up with the Palestinians. “What happened in Gaza is not a military action but an illegitimate action that was carried out within the borders of Israel of which there is a world consensus. Until now because of Israeli interests related to political issues our responses have been considered “restrained.” Today’s incident has cancelled that. The restraint has ended. The Palestinian Authority Chairman is responsible and we are not a party to the internal problems of the PA. The security system has offered its considerations and assessment of the situation. Israel will respond and it will be a powerful response that will last more than a day or two. The foreign minister and political advisors spoke with the entire world and the reaction of everyone was unanimous that all are fed up. It is clear that a line has been crossed here and we will act forcefully on a wide-scale and in several stages.”
The prime minister spoke at a security cabinet meeting in which the abduction of an Israeli soldier at Kerem Shalom was discussed. The Cabinet has instructed the security forces to begin a large scale military deployment in the Gaza Strip of whose military action would be determined by the fate of the kidnapped soldier, Gilad Shalit. In the meantime continued international efforts are being made for the release of the soldier.