” Hamas has been beaten badly, it’s leaders are hiding and most of it’s people are dead” says Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. After hours of discussions, Olmert concluded that ” the goals we set for ourselves have been achieved”.
But as the cabinet met, Hamas continued to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel hitting a house in the town of Ashdod.
The Prime Minister contends that Hamas’ policies have allowed the Palestinian community to suffer, accusing it of acting as an Iranian proxy. Hamas remains steadfast in it’s stance to continue to assault Israel with rocket fire with an official stating the militant group would remain committed to violence as long as Israel remains in Gaza. Israeli troops will remain, at least for the next few days, and it’s government insisted that if Israel is fired upon by Hamas, the IDF would respond.
The United States and Israel have agreed to step-up intelligence coopertive measures within the region, to try to prevent the continuous smuggling of weapons into Gaza, while British Prime Minister Gordon Brown echoed the sentiment offering naval resources to aid in the prevention of arms trafficking. ” We will do everything we can do to prevent the arms trafficking that is at the root of some of the problems that have caused the conflict”.