Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday said Israel will press forward with its army operations against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip "without hesitation," a day after Israeli commandos disguised as Hamas forces captured a leader of the Islamic group.
Israeli media said the Hamas leader, Muhawesh al-Khadi, was involved in the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier last year and could have information about the missing serviceman.
"This ongoing, relentless activity will continue and will be carried out without hesitation," Olmert told his Cabinet. "All those who are involved in terror activities and all those who send terrorists and all those who command terrorists, will be hit. We will reach them in every place."
The IDF denied the operation and reports of it in the Israeli media were based on Palestinian sources.