Palestine . For Bush it is self defense till last Palestinian citizen to be killed. It seems Palestine State claimed by Bush will be created after doom day . UN should take serious steps to apply its resolutions concerning Middle East. UN forces or at least International Observers should be sent to control borders and stop Israel bombardment of Palestinians.
Israel keeps pressing with raid into Gaza
Troops exchange fire with Palestinian militants, killing six, as some Israeli leaders debate whether to intensify the action.
By Greg Myre
Jerusalem - Israeli troops in tanks and on foot staged one of the largest raids into the Gaza Strip in recent months, killing six Palestinians and wounding more than 30 in gun battles with militants that began before dawn Wednesday and lasted much of the day. One Israeli soldier was also killed.
The Israeli soldiers, backed by helicopters, exchanged fire with Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza farming town of Beit Hanun, the launching ground for many of the Palestinian rockets that have been fired into southern Israel.
As the two sides battled, the security Cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met in Jerusalem and debated whether to step up the four-month-old military operations in Gaza.
In recent weeks, some senior political and military figures have expressed support for expanded operations aimed at halting Palestinian rocket fire in northern Gaza and rooting out weapons-smuggling tunnels on Gaza's southern border with Egypt.
However, the security Cabinet chose not to escalate military actions, at least for now.
The security Cabinet said the military would continue the "current security activity and increase the pressure on Hamas and the other terrorist organizations."
Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Israel Beiteinu party, which has just joined the government coalition, said the military should take a much tougher approach, according to Israeli radio.
However, Israel's defense minister, Amir Peretz, who leads the left-leaning Labor Party, was opposed to expanding the military operations, and his position carried the day.
The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in a statement released by his office, demanded that Israel "cease immediately all hostile actions against our people."
Wednesday's operation, like many that preceded it, involved dozens of Israeli tanks and other armored vehicles. Hundreds of soldiers also entered the territory on foot, which is much less common.