Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reiterated yesterday in a conference with municipality leaders that there is no ceasefire, and there will not be one in the next few days.
“As we speak a few divisions of the Israeli Army are making their way towards southern Lebanon to destroy the terrorist infrastructure there. That is the answer to the question. Israel will keep on fighting,” said Olmert.
Olmert said that Israel has decided to fight back and will be done only when the threat to the residents of the north will be removed and its kidnapped soldiers will be returned home.
He added that since the beginning of the war, Israel has achieved significant results:
“Hizballah is not the same today as they were 20 days ago – threatening, arrogant, and dangerous. They were dealt a big blow and it will take a long time, if at all, to recover from it. We pushed Hizballah away from their positions along the border with Israel and removed that immediate threat.”
According to Olmert, Israel will not agree that the Hizballah will return to these positions and continue threatening with kidnapping soldiers and firing on our northern settlements.
“This is almost a one-time opportunity,” said Olmert, “to change the rules of the game in Lebanon. There is a lot of work still to be done, both militarily and diplomatically, and we will not stop until our goals are reached.”
“We will invest all of our efforts so that the situation in Lebanon on the eve of the war will not be repeated. Citizens of Israel – the battle is not over. We still have days of fighting left. Missiles and rockets will hit us and times of fear, uncertainty, pain, tears and blood are still ahead.”
“We will not give in and we will not stop. We will keep on fighting until we will reach our goals and objectives that we have placed on ourselves, and until we bring peace and quiet to our land,” said Olmert.