Security Cabinet Mulls Response to Rockets

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak attended an emergency session of the Security Cabinet on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

In the meeting, which included senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF), defense and security officials, Livni contended that Barak's strategy of closing border crossings in response to rocket fire had done little to stop the attacks.

Livni said a military response to every rocket and mortar shell would force Hamas to bear responsibility for the ongoing attacks.

"We need to ensure that Israel won't settle for violations and will respond to each violation, whether serious or slight," Livni said.

"We are living in an area where image has meaning and when the image is weakened, that harms Israel's deterrence capability," she said.

"Even if firing in response doesn't end the rocket attacks, it will help with deterrence," Livni said.

In the last month of the six-month tadhiyeh - temporary calm - between Israel and Hamas, Gaza-based Palestinians have fired upwards of 200 Kassam rockets and mortar shells on southern Israel.

Sources: YNet news, israel national news

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