Israeli troops, militants battle in Gaza suburb
Gaza is coming to a crossroads
very soon. Unless both sides
use common sense and agree to
stop shooting at each other this
war could get much worse by next week.
"Israel is nearing the goals which it set itself, but more patience, determination and effort is still demanded," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said ahead of his government's weekly meeting Sunday.
The UN Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire Thursday, but Olmert said Israel "never agreed that anyone would decide for us if it is permissible to strike at those who send bombs against our kindergartens and schools."
Hamas, the Islamic group whose government controls Gaza, likewise has ignored the resolution, complaining that it was not consulted.