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In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Olmert said that “there is no alternative to conducting serious diplomatic negotiations in order to reach peace” and that he was “determined to continue the diplomatic negotiations out of recognition that they contain the only real chance to assure the peace and security of Israel’s citizens.”
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed at least seven Palestinians, including a mother and child, in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed to wage a "war" to stop rocket attacks on the Jewish state.
The escalation in violence prompted Palestinian leaders to warn that renewed peace talks -- spurred by last week's visit by U.S. President George W. Bush -- were at stake.
Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossings
By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has closed all border crossings into Gaza, cutting off food and humanitarian supplies...
About 20 trucks of food scheduled to enter Gaza on Friday would not be allowed through, said Defense Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror...
"It's time that Hamas decide to either fight or take care of its population," Dror said. "It's unacceptable that people in Sderot are living in fear every day and people in the Gaza Strip are living life as usual."...
Dror said Gazans had enough food that no one would go hungry and assured "there will not be a humanitarian crisis in Gaza."