One hopes lessons learned from the war with Hizballah will make this response more substantive, and that Olmert and others will think twice about yielding to domestic and international pressure to make suicidal concessions to the jihadists for temporary peace. “Olmert vows ‘harsh response'” by Ronny Sofer for YNet News:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised a harsh response Wednesday to the barrage of Qassam rockets that has hit the Negev city of Sderot over the past day. At a security consultation held in his office, he instructed the IDF to target the Hamas terror network
in the Gaza Strip and to go after the cells launching Qassam rockets.
He said Israel could not continue its policy of restraint after over 30 Qassam rockets hit Sderot, injuirng three residents, including a 70-year-old woman.
At the security consultation, Olmert said that he objected to a mass evacuation of Sderot, criticizing billionaire Arcady Gaydamak’s funding of buses to transport residents out of the city.
“Those are the images Hamas is waiting for and I am not prepared to award terror with victory,” he explained.