Israel Rebuffs French Call for Gaza Ceasefire

[AFP] After meeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected any truce in Gaza that fails to end Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. "The results of the operation must be...that Hamas must not only stop firing but must no longer be able to fire. We cannot accept a compromise that will allow Hamas to fire in two months against Israeli towns." "It will not be wise to pass a (Security Council) resolution on the issue because experience has shown that Israel cannot afford losing its freedom to act against terrorism." The French president noted, "Hamas acted in an irresponsible and unforgivable manner....Hamas is to blame for the suffering of the Palestinians."

2009-01-06 06:00:00

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