If they do this, they will thereby ensure that the bloodthirsty Hamas jihadists will survive to kill again. Is #8, here, just around the corner?
“Barak asks gov’t to OK more reservists,” from the Jerusalem Post, December 30 (thanks to Dan):
[…] Earlier, officials in the defense establishment have recommended to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to suspend military operations against Hamas in Gaza for 48 hours and during that time to review a number of possible ceasefire solutions for Operation Cast Lead.
Senior Israeli ministers were reportedly set to discuss the proposal Tuesday night. According to reports, if the unilateral ceasefire were to fail, Israel would launch a ground offensive.
Olmert reportedly opposed suspending the operation while Defense Minister Ehud Barak was weighing the idea.
The recommendation, disclosed by defense sources on Tuesday evening, came after Barak spoke with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner earlier in the day.
The IDF issued a statement that it was not recommending a ceasefire.
The defense establishment is suggesting that Israel use the suspension of operations to carefully study Hamas’s intentions; whether the group was planning to escalate the violence by renewing attacks inside the country or whether it would opt to stop its rocket attacks against the South altogether….