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Press despair over Gaza raid
Arab-Israeli press

Israel's latest raid into the Gaza Strip in which at least 10 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have died has hit a raw nerve in the region's press.

Anger is the predominant sentiment in Palestinian newspapers, with one commentator describing Ehud Olmert as "the most stupid and corrupt prime minister since the establishment of the Hebrew state".

In Israel, the press is pessimistic, doubting that the operation will put an end to attacks on Israeli territory by Palestinian militants, and one commentator calls for the reoccupation of the Gaza Strip.

EDITORIAL IN PALESTINIAN AL-QUDS

What is happening in the Gaza Strip can be described without any exaggeration as a limited war in which Israel is using tanks, war planes, artillery and infantry. The scope of destruction and injuries is great... The international community is required to make a serious move because the tragedy that has been going on for so long cannot continue indefinitely.

MAHMUD AL-HABBASH IN PALESTINIAN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDAH

There is nothing to make us think there is any chance of achieving peace with the stupid [Israeli] government that is being led by the most stupid and corrupt prime minister since the establishment of the Hebrew state. These empty-headed people think that they can impose their conditions, visions and existence on the region through the use of unjust military force. So they do not shy away from committing all kinds of crimes against the Palestinian people.

ABDALLAH AWWAD IN PALESTINIAN AL-AYYAM

The Hebrew state has never stopped its war of multi-faceted aggression and will never stop it... What is happening in the Gaza Strip is a repeat of the old occupation with some adjustments here and there, including the occupation of the border area between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. The indirect occupation of that area will turn into a direct one.

EDITORIAL IN PAN ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI

Slaughter in Beit Hanoun... The Israeli government has been carrying out a war of ethnic cleansing in the Gaza Strip since the abduction of [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit last July... The most shocking thing is that the world remains totally silent, as if these actions are legitimate and Israel is above all laws.

HAGAY HUBERMAN IN ISRAEL'S HATZOFE

Let us assume that we have "cleansed" Beit Hanoun of all weapons - then what? Who will prevent the terrorists from building anew their arsenal of rockets after we leave? There is only one solution for the firing of Qassams: Israeli security control of the Gaza Strip, rebuilding the settlements that were destroyed and leaving the Palestinian Authority as an independent authority dealing with Palestinian civil issues in their territory. There is no other way.

EDITORIAL IN ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

Neither the government, nor the defence minister and certainly not the army harbour any illusions: The Israeli operation will perhaps make things difficult, perhaps even stop the smuggling for some time and perhaps, perhaps reduce the number of Qassams. But in the words of the song: "My God, my God, this will never stop." This is the unpleasant truth.

ISRAEL'S JERUSALEM POST

This might be the largest operation in the Strip, with a brigade-size force, since disengagement, but no one is under the illusion that this is what will end the Qassam threat once and for all... The army, like the whole country, is only just emerging from the Lebanon trauma... Those in the government and the military who were also involved in last year's disengagement are determined not to allow the IDF back into Gaza for anything more than a few days. A reoccupation would be a final public admission that the withdrawal was a colossal mistake.

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