Olmert: Clashes with Hamas, a mater of time
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, warned on Tuesday of upcoming clashes between Israel and the Hamas movement in Gaza.
His statements came as he and his defense Minister, Ehud Barak, visited the Gaza Brigade of the Israeli army. During the visit, Olmert and Barak received a briefing on the security situation in the region.
Olmert stated that he had no doubt that the situation between Israel and Hamas was the calm before the storm adding that conflict with Hamas was inevitable.
According to Barak, Israel has no intention to attack Gaza unne unnecessarily, but both Barak and Olmert said that Israel must be prepared for a possible scenario.
Barak claimed that Israel was not interested in breaking the truce, and added that this truce would not bar the army from acting in order any foil any attempt to attack Israelis or attempts to attack and abduct Israeli soldiers.
He added that the possibility of abducting an Israeli soldier is a strategic issue which would become a national case in a few hours, and an international problem in a few of days.