Israel operating to increase deterrence: PM 2009-03-26 00:06:08   Print

    JERUSALEM, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Israel's outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday that his country is conducting extensive operations in a bid to enhance its deterrence.

    "We are operating in every area in which terrorist infrastructures can be struck... We are operating in locations near and far to strengthen and increase deterrence," local news service Ynet quoted Olmert as saying.

    "There is no point in elaborating. Everyone can use their imagination. Whoever needs to know knows," the Israeli premier told a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya near Tel Aviv.

    The remarks came against the backdrop of a CBS report that Israeli warplanes in January attacked a 17-truck convoy in Sudan allegedly loaded with arms that were to be smuggled into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

    The Israel Defense Forces have so far remained tight-lipped on the report, which said 39 people were killed in the air raid.

    Some Sudanese sources have confirmed the attack, yet it is still unclear who indeed carried out the raid, with one of the Sudanese sources pointing to the United States.

    The mentioned incident occurred when Israel was conducting a massive military operation in Gaza, which it said was launched in response to the continuous rocket fire from the enclave and aimed to restore peace to its rockets-battered south.

    The Jewish state also took intensive efforts lobbying the international community to set up a mechanism to curb the weaponry flow toward Hamas.

    During the final days of the Gaza offensive on the Gaza Strip in December and January, Israel and the United States signed a memorandum aimed to enhance cooperation in this regard.

Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts         

Editor: Yan
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