GAZA, Dec 17 (KUNA) -- Israel would not hesitate to conduct a military
operation in Gaza Strip if such need arises to counter Palestinian militant
activity, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak stressed Wednesday.
In statements to Radio Israel this morning, Barak said "'calm' would be
repaid in kind," in clear indication missile attacks from Gaza on southern
Israeli targets would be paid in counter-attack as well.
Last night saw the end of the unofficial ceasefire between the Israelis and
the Palestinian factions in Gaza, brokered by Egypt, and it is still to be
announced whether the two are willing to renew the agreement.
Meanwhile, Barak was quoted saying, "It is a moral and official duty to
bring back Israeli Gilad Shalit back to his family from his current captivity
The return of the captured soldier must be achieved, through whatever
method necessary and feasible. (end)
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