Israel Called on “Brink of War”

Israel has been called on the brink of war by Middle east experts concerned about Tel Aviv’s rhetoric over the Gaza situation and Iran.

Iran’t President Ahmadinejad continues to goad Israel and yesterday Russia started to arm Iran with the A-300 missiles….

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Egypt warned Israel on Sunday against launching a massive military operation in Gaza, but Israeli defense officials said Cairo was angry with Hamas leaders for ending the six-month period of relative calm.

From the Jerusalem Post

“We say such a move would have devastating consequences, devastating humanitarian consequences,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki told the Post in a telephone interview. “This is something we cannot accept or condone under any terms.”

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a weekly cabinet ... 
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem December 21, 2008. Israel’s prime minister on Sunday brushed aside calls for an immediate large-scale operation in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in response to an escalation of cross-border rocket fire after a truce expired.REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool (JERUSALEM)

Meanwhile, defense officials revealed that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak met privately on Thursday and decided that Israel would respond militarily to rocket attacks against the western Negev. The timing of the operation will be determined at a later date, likely following a security cabinet meeting later this week.

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Israel Told U.N. It Will Respond

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel notified UN chief Ban Ki-moon that it will respond to continuing rocket fire from Gaza following the expiry of a truce with Hamas, a foreign ministry official said Monday.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev sent the letter to Ban on Sunday as part of a diplomatic campaign to garner international support for any offensive against the territory, the senior official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“(Israel) will not hesitate to react militarily if necessary” to rockets fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, Shalev said in her letter, according to public radio.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, leader of the governing Kadima party, “is due to soon meet with foreign ambassadors to Israel and to speak with her counterparts abroad,” the official said.

Violence around the impoverished Gaza Strip has steadily escalated since Friday, when Hamas said it would not renew a six-month truce with Israel.

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