Israel defies peacemakers and prepares for invasion

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By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem and Anne Penketh
The Independent
Thursday, 1 January 2009

Security cabinet rejects EU-backed peace proposal as tanks mass on the border with Gaza

Israel has defied a formidable international consensus in favour of a ceasefire in Gaza by opting to continue its unprecedentedly fierce air attacks on Hamas targets and stepping up preparations for a possible ground offensive.

As the security cabinet rejected an EU-backed French proposal for a 48-hour humanitarian halt to the bombing, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said: “We did not begin the Gaza operation in order to finish it with rocket fire continuing like it did before. Israel has restrained [itself] for years and given plenty of chances for a calm.”

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via Israel defies peacemakers and prepares for invasion – Middle East, World – The Independent.

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