Israeli Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, said in a meeting with the
Security cabinet on Sunday that the Israeli army and the security
service (Shin Bet) will continue the military operations in the
occupied West Bank.
The cabinet was holding a weekly session and discussed the cease-fire which Israel insists that it only included the Gaza Strip.
The security cabinet insisted that the cease-fire deal does not include the occupied West Bank. Cabinet members said that “the key to stability in the area depends on Egypt's success in preventing arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip”, Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported.
Peretz told the cabinet that the army will continue to attack Palestinians “involved in firing shells at Israel”.
Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, said that Israel should act “wisely and responsibly” in curbing attacks and stopping the firing of homemade shells from the Gaza Strip, Haaretz added.
Also, Peretz stated that the Israeli Army commander of Gaza Division, met with the Palestinian National Security commander to coordinate in monitoring the truce in Gaza.
According to Peretz, 15 homemade shells were fired at Israel since the declaration of cease-fire.
Moreover, Israeli military commanders claimed that Palestinian armed groups have continued arms-smuggling and “are preparing for further attack”, the Israeli Army Radio reported.