Well, this Peace-In-Our-Time thing is going just swimmingly, isn’t it? I wonder if Secretary of State Rice would still so confidently label the whole Gaza appeasement process a success. “Israel Vows ‘Crushing’ Response to Attacks,” from AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel ordered ground forces to the Gaza border Saturday and threatened a “crushing” response after Israeli towns were hit by the first major Hamas rocket barrage from the coastal territory since Israel’s pullout two weeks earlier.
Israel also resumed airstrikes against Hamas targets, hitting several suspected weapons workshops, and imposed a blanket closure that bars all Palestinians from its territory.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called his Security Cabinet for a meeting later Saturday to approve the military’s response, expected to last several days. A large-scale operation appeared unlikely but the timing of the Cabinet meeting suggested a sense of urgency.