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Israel's patience finally wore out Tuesday, after weeks of security officials warning Jerusalem would not sit quiet indefinitely in face of escalating terror.
Defense Ministry Sha'ul Mofaz told Israel Radio that after months of restraint, Israel had no choice but to now go on offensive as a result of Abbas's continued failure to eliminate threat of anti-Jewish terrorism as stipulated in Road Map peace plan.
Lt. Col. Erez Winner, IDF operations officer for Judea and Samaria, said renewed anti-terror activity would focus on Islamic Jihad, for time being.
“Anyone we know who is affiliated with this organization is a legitimate target,” Winner told reporters.
Following early morning arrests, “Palestinian” terrorists in Gaza Strip fired mortar shells and a Kassam rocket at area Jewish communities, damaging several homes and vehicles.
Ryan Jones is Co-Editor of Jerusalem Newswire.