Rassegna Stampa Elezioni Israeliane 2009

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IDF to remain in Gaza until it’s clear Hamas ends rocket fire

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 17 gennaio, 2009

Jan. 17, 2009

The cabinet on Saturday night voted in favor of an Egyptian-backed, unilateral 10-day cease-fire deal, ending Operation Cast Lead three weeks after it began.

At a press conference directly following the meeting, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the aims of the operation in the Gaza Strip had been “met in full,” and thanked Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for her diplomatic efforts.

He also noted that he had received letters from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel offering their help to end arms smuggling in the Gaza Strip.

Before the meeting, Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday praised IDF troops for their performance in Operation Cast Lead against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking to paratroopers and reserve commanders in the South, the defense minister added that the operation had “come very close to meeting [its] targets.”

He stressed that it was up to the army to be prepared for all possible outcomes.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, “Significant progress was made during talks [Israeli officials] held with the Egyptian intelligence chief.”

“Over the weekend the prime minister and the defense minister will discuss the offered draft. Following the discussion, the security cabinet will be convened on Saturday evening to decide whether it should be adopted,” the statement said.

The PMO statement was released shortly after Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, returned from Cairo and briefed Barak on the outcome of the discussions. Olmert’s chief diplomatic adviser Shalom Turgeman accompanied Gilad in Egypt.

A unilateral decision is likely after Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal rejected Israel’s conditions for a truce and called on all Arab countries to cut ties with the Jewish state during a summit of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad gave Mashaal their full backing, but significantly, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia boycotted the summit.

On Friday night, meanwhile, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution demanding an “immediate and durable and fully respected cease fire” in Gaza.

The resolution reiterated the legally-binding UN Security Council resolution adopted last Thursday.

The vote was 142-4 with eight abstentions, with Israel, the United States, Nauru and Venezuela voting against the resolution, because they hoped for a stronger statement.

AP and Herb Keinon contributed to this report.



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