Olmert, in his belief that Hamas “is acting against the values of Islam” (which ones? As established by what authorities, in what way, in what sources?), apparently thinks that the Vast Majority of Peaceful Gazans — you know, the people who elected Hamas in the first place — will rise up and stop the rocket barrage that could lead to an imminent Israeli invasion of Gaza.
“Israel warns Hamas over rockets,” from the BBC, December 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Israeli leaders have issued stern warnings to Palestinian militant group Hamas to stop rocket attacks on Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he would not hesitate to strike Hamas and another militant group, Islamic Jihad, in the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni warned Israel “cannot tolerate” Palestinian militants targeting Israeli citizens.
Some 50 rockets have been launched from Gaza in recent days, after the killing of three Hamas members by Israel. […]
“Hamas needs to understand that our aspiration to live in peace doesn’t mean that Israel is going to take this kind of situation any longer. Enough is enough,” she said. […]
Mr Olmert called on residents of Gaza to stop militants “firing on innocent civilians”, in an interview with the Arab television station Al-Arabiya.
“I say to you in a last-minute call, stop it,” Mr Olmert said, Israeli media reported.
“Don’t let Hamas, which is acting against the values of Islam, put you in danger. Stop them. Stop your enemies and ours.”
Mr Olmert added: “I will not hesitate to use Israel’s might to strike Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad. How? I will not go into details now.”…