Move further increases pressure on territory after last month’s fuel blockade.
|Barak says a full-scale offensive on Gaza will
take place ‘when the time was right’ [AFP]
“When the prime minister travels abroad, he takes with him whatever intelligence on Iran’s nuclear programme he has available to present their case.
“The EU and countries such as Germany have strong economic ties to Iran and he wanted to see the bilateral relations used to exert more influence over the Iranian government.
No action yet
Calls for a full-scale assault have been spurred in Israel by near-daily firing of rockets from Gaza.
“We will study the decision, remain calm and then act in order to stop Al-Qassam rockets,” he said.
On Sunday, Olmert ruled out a widespread ground offensive but warned that no one from Hamas was immune to Israeli strikes.
Meanwhile, Israel‘s housing ministry said preparations were under way to build up to 1,100 new homes in and around Arab East Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as capital of a future state.
The ministry said the municipality of Jerusalem was preparing tenders for 750 housing units in a northern area known as Pisgat Zeev, and possibly for an additional 370 units to the south.
The units in the south are earmarked for construction on confiscated Arab land in what is known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim.
“We are building in Jerusalem everywhere within its municipal boundaries,” Zeev Boim, the Israeli housing minister, told Israel Radio.
An aide to Boim said tenders for the 370 additional units in Har Homa would only be issued pending the results of a previous tender for 307 units in the area.