Government officials criticized Hamas minutes before a meeting Wednesday morning convened by Prime Minster Ehud Olmert to discuss Israel's response to Tuesday's rocket barrage.
"One cannot differentiate between Hamas's military wing and Hamas's political wingâ€¦ the purpose of the group's use of separate wings is to boast a moderate political image while playing the part of destruction," said Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
"The Palestinians crossed a red line, said another official. The IDF, he said, will not hesitate to enter the Gaza Strip.
Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer said that if Hamas kidnaps a soldier, the IDF will not hesitate to enter the Gaza Strip and extract Palestinian Authority Prime Minister from his home.