Due to the ongoing Kassam rocket attacks Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz instructed the army to intensify its activity in the Gaza Strip.
The Defense Minister also requested that troops operating in the West Bank beef up arrests of Palestinian terrorists and said that the current closure on the West Bank is to remain intact until the end of the week.
In an attempt to restore control of the Philadelphi Corridor, which lies between Gaza and Egypt, Mofaz requested from the US, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority to immediately deal with the chaos.
Saying that Israel views gravely the failure of the PA to maintain control, Mofaz warned that if the situation is not dealt with immediately Israel will be forced to shut down the Rafah crossing.
In addition Mofaz asked the Egyptians to prevent entry from Egypt to Rafah.
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