Barak tells Solana Israel won't back down from operation's goals

Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Barak and Solana discussed the latest events, as well as the expected developments in the Gaza Strip, the Defense Ministry said. "Our intentions are that the operation will create a safer reality for our residents in the South. We will not renounce this goal. In order to reach it we will make every political effort and every military action," Barak told Solana.