Olmert vows harsh steps on Kassams

Tells Sderot residents: I feel your pain.

olmert face 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
olmert face 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, speaking at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem Tuesday evening, expressed his empathy for the resident of Sderot and the south. "No one knows the pain, the fear, and the uncertainty that you're feeling more than I do," the prime minister said. "I know it's difficult and painful. I feel for the father who sends his child to school without knowing where the next Kassam might fall," he continued, promising that Israel would take harsher measure than ever against any parties responsible for launching Kassams. [For a Jerusalem Online video of events click here] "No one has immunity," Olmert assured the audience. "No matter what he does or what group he's associated with." Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called on armed Palestinian groups to stop firing rockets against Israel, warning that they would be responsible for any Israeli retaliation, an official said. "Chairman Abbas called on all military groups in Gaza to stop launching rockets at Israel and to fully comply with the truce with Israel," said Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh. "Chairman Abbas holds any group and any faction that violates the truce fully responsible for the destruction and demolitions and victims that will result because of any Israeli imminent aggression," he continued.