[Sadly the Israeli leadership can conceive of nothing more effective than firing back at Palestinians who are launching (largely ineffective rockets) into Israel.  Needless to say such tit for tat gets no one anywhere towards a peaceful settlement.  Perhaps that is the aim of those firing the rockets on both sides?  Ed Kent]

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http://www.aipac.org/130.asp#7273

Israel Vows Stronger Response to Palestinian Attacks

Hamas continues to attack Israel.
As Israeli security officials revealed Sunday said that a long-range rocket fired last week by Palestinians into the Israeli city of Ashkelon was manufactured by Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the Jewish state would need to intensify its response to such attacks, The New York Times reported. That GRAD Katyusha rocket attack penetrated deeper into the country than any such previous attack, increasing the danger from the Hamas-dominated Gaza strip. “There is no doubt that [the recent attack] constitutes an intensification and escalation in terrorism perpetrated by terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip,” Olmert said. For months, the terrorist group Hamas has smuggled advanced weaponry across the Egyptian border into Gaza to use against Israel.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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