Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made clear he is not going to discuss issues with Hamas, but will put an end to the Gaza rocket attacks through some form of military action. “Let it be clear,” he told the Israel Cabinet, “we view Hamas as completely responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip. We are not going to accept the (current situation)….But, I will promise one thing. Either there will be quiet or we will act with such force that will impose quiet.” Public Security Minsiter Avi Dichter expressed concern with Egypt’s attempt to mediate because despite this offer, arms are still being smuggled into Gaza.
Hizbullah has virtually let the Lebanese government know it can not control this imposing military force, Hamas has taken control of the situation in Gaza, but the Israel government continues insisting its policy of “no talk” but action, is a successful one. At some point, there has to be a realization that “tough action” policies have been a disaster. There was a Hamas offer for a cease fire, but Olmert rejected it. Einstein once said that stupidity is characterized by continuing to do the same thing over and over again even if it is not successful.