Israeli Defense Minister Briefs Cabinet on "New Rules of the Game" in Gaza

(Foreign Ministry) * Defense Minister Mofaz told the Israeli Cabinet Sunday that before the withdrawal Israel had set for itself rules and principles for responding to threats on "the day after," with the focus of the response being the security of Israel's citizens, especially those in the western Negev. * Israel decided not to allow firing from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory or to allow the terrorist organizations to dictate a reality that jibes with their interests. * The massive firing at the western Negev and Sderot met a vigorous Israeli response that led - at least for the time being - the terrorist organizations to the understanding that they face a new reality. * This deterrent policy was implemented in the context of an Israeli response based on deterrence against the production of high-trajectory rockets and supporting terrorist infrastructures. This policy will not allow Palestinian terrorist organizations to link their Gaza Strip-based actions against Israeli territory to events in Judea and Samaria.

2005-10-06 00:00:00

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