May 13, 2008

Olmert: No Gaza Truce If Israeli Soldier Is Not Released

From Olmert: No Gaza Truce If Israeli Soldier Is Not Released:

Israel will not agree to an Egyptian proposal for a truce in Gaza unless it includes the issue of arms smuggling and the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told visiting Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman on Monday. "Hamas must not only halt its attacks but also the arms smuggling that has allowed the group to turn itself from a ragtag militia into a well-armed force," Israeli officials told Suleiman.