Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday rejected a plan by military leaders here to allow the Israeli Defense Forces to take out Palestinian militants it catches in the process of launching rockets from the Gaza Strip into nearby Jewish cities, WND has learned.
IDF leaders charged Olmert was “damaging” Israeli security.
…the IDF several times last week spotted militants in the process of launching rockets but the military was unable to take any action. Olmert’s government changed the rules of engagement following the cease-fire. Now, if Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are caught launching rockets at Jewish cities, the Israeli military is forbidden to respond.
Previously, the IDF used artillery units and aerial strikes against militants discovered in the process of launching rockets.
“We are frustrated just watching the rocket launchers being set up. There is nothing we are allowed to do,” said a military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.