Tuesday, June 12, 2007
"Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed concern Tuesday over the escalating situation in the Gaza Strip, during a briefing with Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen.
"The situation in Gaza is very disturbing in terms of the pragmatic Palestinians' fight against the extremists among them," he said, referring to the decision not to send IDF troops into the Strip to assist Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Should Gaza fall to Hamas, it would affect the entire region;" said Olmert, stressing that "Israel has and will protect its citizens against any acts of terror."
Olmert told the Dutch FM the West must intervene in the situation as soon as possible. "We must consider sending international troops such as UNIFIL to the Philadelphi route to stop the extremists from getting any stronger," he said.
Both the IDF and political echelons are following recent events in Gaza very closely, as Hamas moves in on much of the northern strip......"