Israeli defense chiefs propose 'exceptional' response to bombings
Mon Mar 15 2004 17:02:15 ET
Israeli defence chiefs proposed the military take "exceptional" action against Palestinian militants in response to the twin suicide bombings in Israel that killed 10 victims, army radio reported.
The defence chiefs, in a meeting with Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, called for increased pressure on militant groups, especially the radical Islamic movement Hamas, for an unlimited period of time, the radio said.
A senior security source, quoted by the radio, said the proposed moves would be "exceptional in their scope, their intensity and their duration", and include activities "not seen in the Palestinian territories for a long time".
Such a clampdown would apply to militant groups in both the West Bank and Gaza, he said.
The proposals would be presented early Tuesday to members of the security cabinet for their approval.
The defence ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report.