Dichter: Harsher Response to Rockets

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following a visit to the rocket-beleaguered city of Sderot Saturday, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter said Israel must increase its operations against Kassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Sderot residents told Dichter they felt abandoned by the government, while they were living "from miracle to miracle."

"I found a battered town," Dichter said, where some 20 percent of the residents have simply gotten up and left," he said.

"I saw desolate streets, emptied of people closed up inside their homes," he said.

On Sunday morning, angry residents greeted Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his deputy Matan Vilna'i when they arrived in Sderot, following nearly 50 Kassam rocket attacks in the area over the weekend.

"What did you come here for," shouted one resident. "You are abandoning our children's lives. You are perpetuating the situation, not changing it," he told the ministers.

Meanwhile, at Sunday's Cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel needed to "act methodically."

"Despite the rage and pain over the wounded Tuito brothers and the heavy rocket fire, rage is not a plan of action," Olmert said.

"We need to act methodically," he said. "That is what we do and that is what we will continue to do to get to every terror operative responsible, everyone who carries out the rocket fire and those who dispatch the terrorists," Olmert said.

Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai, chairman of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, said the government needs to replace talk with action.

"What is happening at the moment is that we are talking too much, but not acting," Yishai said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news service, Haaretz

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