'Hamas military, political wings one in the same'

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 wing… 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.