IDF dissatisfied with Olmert's cease-fire decision

IDF officers have said that Wedenesday's decision by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz - namely to continue the cease-fire with the Palestinians but to keep targeting Kassam-launching cells - was a partial and insufficient solution, Israel Radio reported Thursday morning. According to the officers, the IDF had asked to enter the Gaza Strip near the security fence and create a buffer zone that would prevent Kassam cells from getting to the area, but the request had not been approved on the political level. A senior IDF officer told Israel Radio that the chances of locating those responsible for launching rockets in real time were not very high, and that striking the cells after identifying them was no simple matter.