Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tunisia's Parliament votes on new Government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French court rules #burkini ban "clearly illegal"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Biden in Turkey, Colombia Peace Deal, Ethiopia Olympic Protest (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Earthquake in Italy, French Burkini Ruling (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The hidden secrets of Les Invalides

Read more

FOCUS

Pro-Opposition stronghold Port-Gentil feverishly awaits presidential elections

Read more

ENCORE!

Alexis Michalik: treading the boards in the footsteps of 'Edmond'

Read more

REPORTERS

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why does Italy refuse to see the seismic risk?'

Read more

Bulldozer attack: Israel threatens military action

Latest update : 2008-07-03

An Israeli minister said that his country was ready to use force "without hesitation" in Gaza after a Palestinian rammed a bulldozer into cars and a bus on a busy Jerusalem street on Wednesday, killing three people. (Report: J. Le Masurier)

Israel is ready to use military action "without hesitation" in Gaza to prevent attacks, an Israeli minister said Thursday after a Palestinian driving a bulldozer went on a deadly rampage in Jerusalem.
   
"Terror and smuggling are the two grounds for Israeli military action in Gaza," Environment Minister Gideon Ezra said during a visit to Tokyo.
   
"If there will be no terror or smuggling we will not need to act. But if we do have to resort to military action, we'll do it without any hesitation," he said.
   
A Palestinian on Wednesday killed three people and wounded 45 more as he rammed a bulldozer into buses and cars before being shot dead by Israeli police, who branded it a "terrorist attack".
   
"Israel is walking a very thin rope while trying to do everything possible not to escalate the region into another armed conflict," Ezra said at a conference here on prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
   
"But as you all know, the terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah are doing the exact opposite with encouragement of the rule of terror," he said.
   
Wednesday's attack was the first in Jerusalem since a Palestinian gunman killed eight Jewish students at a religious school in March.
   
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in November after a seven-year hiatus but have made little progress amid violence in and around Gaza and continued Jewish settlement building on occupied Palestinian land.
   
Hamas, which Israel blacklists as a terror group, violently seized power in the densely-populated coastal Gaza Strip more than a year ago.

Date created : 2008-07-03

COMMENT(S)