Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Israel can’t tolerate a Hamas-run state in the Gaza Strip, as a six-month truce with the Islamic militant group comes to an end.
“Hamas cannot continue to control Gaza,” Livni said in remarks to high school students today. “In the long term, Israel cannot tolerate an extreme Islamic state on its southern border.”
Apparently, Livni is desperately trying to "out-butch" Netanyahu on the issue of Gaza, and I would like to hope that this statement was simply for domestic consumption.
When the truce ends on the 19th of this month, we may well see a large-scale military attack on Gaza; Olmert has ordered the plans for such an attack, and the IDF has drawn them up.
But I would urge the Israeli governmental structure to be careful about what it wishes to to accomplish here; immoral acts against a starved and and besieged population may well have unintended consequences.