At a weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that "these are difficult days for Israel, but we won't give in to terror." The Prime Minister also said that he had spoken with the family of the abducted soldier, Gilad Shalit, updating them on the government’s current actions. He assured the Shalit family that the Israel Defense Forces is doing everything in its power to bring their son safely home. “We and the international community know that Gilad is being held by a ‘bloodthirsty’ gang of terrorists who are causing us much suffering but who are mainly hurting the Palestinian population, which is bearing the results of this terrorist activity.” The prime minister confirmed that Israel has no interest in harming Palestinian civilians.
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