PM: My gov't dealt Hamas serious blow

During visit to Acre, Olmert warns that Israel "won't show restraint" at any provocation from Hamas.

Olmert strawberry fields 248 88 (photo credit: GPO)
Olmert strawberry fields 248 88
(photo credit: GPO)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert applauded the results of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza on Tuesday, despite the launching of a Grad-type rocket which hit Ashkelon earlier in the day. There were no casualties in the rocket attack, though damage was caused. "I'm happy that the security situation in the South has changed," he said during a visit to Acre on which he met with municipal leaders. "Hamas suffered a serious blow at the hands of the Israeli government under my leadership." He also promised that Israel would respond to even the smallest provocation from Hamas. "We won't be patient and we won't show restraint," he warned. The prime minister went on to defend decisions made during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, saying, "Two years ago I said there would be quiet in the North, and was ridiculed. Today, the North is prospering, and that's how it will be in the South too." The 2006 war came in response to a cross border raid in which two IDF reservists were kidnapped by Hizbullah operatives. During the 34-day war which followed, hundreds of Katyusha rockets were fired from southern Lebanon at the north of Israel.