Prime Minister Ehud Olmert explained the decision to the country: “For seven years now, civilians have been attacked by missiles. Life in the South has become unbearable,” he said, with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to his right and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to his left. “It could take time, and we require a great measure of patience in order to complete the mission.”
Olmert noted that Israel did everything in order to enable the lull in the south to go on. “The desire for calm was met with terror,” he said. “No country would reconcile itself to such reality. In recent days it turned out that Hamas was interested in a confrontation. Under such circumstances, we had no choice but to respond…We are not rushing into battle with joy, yet we are not deterred either,” he said on December 27, 2008.
As we go to press the conflict is raging. Following are quotes regarding the ending of the truce and the ensuing conflict.
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