Meretz faction chair Zehava Gal-On called upon Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday to appear before the Knesset and report on the events in the Gaza Strip, according to clause 40 of Basic Law: The Government, which requires a prime minister who goes out to war to report to the Knesset at the earliest possible juncture. Gal-On pointed out that Olmert himself described what was going on in the Gaza Strip as "a war." She said that it is especially important for Olmert to report because experience proves that operations like the one the IDF is conducting in Gaza can and escalate into an all-out war. Meretz officials said they were concerned that the operations in the Gaza Strip have exceeded the original mandate of trying to bring home captured soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit and "amount to collective punishment."