Ehud Barak, spend his years as Prime Minister as Yassir Arafat’s “bitch.” He ignored terrorist attack after terrorist attack to give Arafat everything he wanted. Today he his working hard to earn that same “honor” from Hamas.
Dichter: We must stop attacks from Gaza at all costInternal security minister warns that ‘Sderot might collapse if there is no deterence in Gaza’. Barak: This is panic-driven talk Roni Sofer Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter expressed a harsh reality to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Sunday, warning that “without military deterrence in Gaza, Sderot could very well collapse.” Dichter furthermore noted that conditions in Qassam-weary Sderot are grim indeed, and praised the prime minister for his visit to the town last week. “Your visit was a positive event in a town whose morale is exceedingly low,” he told Olmert. The internal security minister, who also visited Sderot last week, made these statements at a Kadima ministers’ meeting, which was held right before the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday. During the actual cabinet meeting, Dichter spoke in an even more resolute fashion. He praised IDF operations in Gaza, but noted that they “were not quite enough to change the outlook for Sderot, which is beyond bleak.” Dichter added that “the government must instruct the IDF to eliminate the rocket fire from Gaza entirely. These attacks need not be minimized or managed, but stopped completely irrespective of the cost to the Palestinians.” The internal security minister noted that 180 Qassam Rocket have been fired at Gaza vicinity communities since the start of 2008. Referencing his recent visit to Sdeort he stated that “the weekend was absolutely terrible on them. After a draining week like that I would expect the IDF chief of staff to address the government as well.” Ashkelon-resident Dichter lashed out at Prime Minister Olmert and his fellow government ministers, noting that “the government is entirely obtuse to the goings-on in Sderot”.
Responding to Dichter’s scathing criticism, Defense Minister Ehud Barak replied that Israel must uphold its current policy vis a vie Gaza. To this Dichter replied “I respectfully disagree with the defense minister. Israel’s policy in Gaza must not continue, as the military must reestablish deterrence in the Strip.” Barak also refered to Dichter’s statments as “panic-driven talk the likes of which I had never heard in the government before,” and assured the cabinet ministers that “we are taking the right action in Gaza. We will resolve the Qassam situation just as we have dealt with suicide bombings in the past.” “We are impacting the overall quality of life in Gaza and destroying the terror infrastructure,” said Barak. As the cabinet meeting opened, Olmert praised IDF and Shin-Bet operations in the Gaza Strip, and noted that such strikes will continue. “We must be sensitive to the very real repercussions that these attacks have for residents of Sderot and other Gaza vicinity communities”, said Olmert. “They live in constant fear and are threatened by persistent attacks that cause damage far beyond that which can be assessed in casualties alone.” The prime minister also assured his cabinet that the government will address all civilian concerns in these communities, as well as addressing nagging security concerns. “We will address the needs of the residents of Sderot and other Gaza vicinity communities in the upcoming weeks,” he stated.