Skip to comments.Peretz signals end of military restraint
Posted on 06/13/2006 6:12:19 AM PDT by Esther Ruth
Peretz signals end of military restraint
Shortly after IAF air strike against Qassam cell in Gaza, defense minister says 'restraint shown after incident on Gaza beach has ended'
Defense Minister Amir Peretz on Tuesday signaled the end of Israel's military restraint after the recent incident in which seven Palestinian civilians were killed.
"We showed restraint in the face of the international outcry over the incident on Gaza beach but this has come to an end," he said on a tour in the north.
Peretz spoke minutes before an air strike in Gaza in which 9 Palestinians were killed when the air force targeted a van carrying Islamic Jihad terrorists on their way to fire rockets into Israel.
Peretz spoke during an exercise of the Home Front Command. Peretz also met with Northern Command chief Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant and Southern Command chief Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam.
Peretz recently instructed the army to be vigilant while carrying air strikes in Gaza to avoid harming innocent civilians.
'Civilian casualties cannot be totally avoided'
At least five civilians were killed in Tuesday's strike, less than 12 hours ahead of the publication of the results of a military probe into the killing of seven members of the Ralia family on a Gaza beach Friday afternoon.
"No evaluation will alter our commitment to defend the citizens of Israel. If the probe proves that it is was not an IDF shell we will launch a PR campaign," said Peretz when asked about the probe.
IAF Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy said although the Air Force spares no effort to avoid harming civilians, civilian casualties cannot be totally avoided since terrorists operate from within populated areas.
Would that President Bush do likewise.
Fight fire with fire.
With Hellfire if absolutely necessary.