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JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is approaching goals set for Operation Cast Lead in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
"Israel is approaching the goals it set for itself, but we require further patience, determination and effort so that our citizens can feel safety and stability," said Olmert.
"The Israeli public, especially the residents of the south, have the requisite patience and willingness -- so does the gove
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli troops made their deepest advance into the Gaza Strip's most heavily populated area on Sunday, encountering increasingly fierce resistance from Hamas as they warned civilians to stay clear of the battle zone.
Speaking to his Cabinet, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the country 'is nearing' its goals, but that the offensive will continue despite global calls for a cease-fire, led by the U.N. Security Council.
Israel warned Gaza's 1.4 million residents on Saturday that it plans to escalate a devastating air and ground assault that already has killed more than 800 Palestinians. Israel launched the offensive on Dec. 27 to halt years of Palestinian rocket attacks on its southern towns.
Egypt has been trying to broker a truce. Germany's foreign minister was in Israel on Sunday to promote the U.N. proposal, and Israel planned to send a senior defense official to Egypt later in the week.
Palestinian witnesses said Israeli troops moved to within one kilometer (half a mile) of Gaza City's southern neighborhoods, and within half a kilometer (a quarter mile) of the northern neighborhood of Sheikh Ajleen.
The fighting in Sheikh Ajleen erupted before dawn and continued into the morning as Israeli infantrymen and tanks advanced toward Gaza City and its approximately 400,000 residents, Palestinian witnesses said.
'We are safe, but we don't know for how long,' said Khamis Alawi, 44, who huddled with his wife and six children in their kitchen overnight. He said bullets riddled his walls and several came in through the windows.
Originally posted by JanusFIN
reply to post by SANTA CLAWS
This is first time in 16 days of tensive killing, Israel makes any statement which hints a stop to this madness, and they maybe will soon will end their slaughtering - and thats a "fart in foxhole?"
How stupid and arrogant, careless and brutal comment. Shame on you!
Do you think that I hope these wars to happen, this misery made to human kind? In coming WW, in your foxhole, make a fart to your ignorance too!
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
You're right that militarily speaking there wasn't much to win. Hamas are no match for Israel. Hamas' repeated warnings like "we will open the gates of hell" were ridiculous and they have been exposed as toothless and only capable of firing bottle rockets into Israel.
In a country where more than 60 percent of the population is of Palestinian origin, and home to the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, it was inevitable to hear voices opposing the 1994 Wadi Araba peace treaty with Israel get louder by the day, as more civilians died in Gaza.