IDF Artillery 298.88.
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The security cabinet met Wednesday morning and issued a statement afterward that "the intensive fighting against Hizbullah will continue, including attacks on Hizbullah infrastructure and command posts, its operational abilities, its armaments, and the leadership of the organization."
The statement reiterated that the goals of the operation were to return the kidnapped soldiers, to stop the rocket attacks on Israeli communities, and to "remove the threat."
Regarding the possible diplomatic solutions to the crisis, the security cabinet set three conditions: the unconditional return of the captured soldiers, an end to the rocket fire on Israel, and the complete implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1559, which includes the complete dismantling of the armed militia in Lebanon, the extension of Lebanese sovereignty throughout the country, and deployment of the Lebanese army along the border with Israel.
The cabinet also approved the continuation of activity against Hamas and Palestinian terrorist organizations in order to stop the Kassam fire and bring about the unconditional release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit.