Israel threatens Palestinians to pay 'heavy price' for rockets

Palestinians will pay a "heavy price" for rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened Monday, as seven projectiles launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the south of the Jewish state.

Israel threatens Palestinians to pay 'heavy price' for rockets
Palestinians will pay a "heavy price" for rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened Monday, as seven projectiles launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the south of the Jewish state.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called the almost daily missile attacks "unbearable" and hinted at additional punitive measures against the Gaza Strip outside "military means."

"The Palestinians need to understand that business is not as usual," she said.

The rockets seldom cause major damage or casualties - although 12 people have been killed by them in the past seven years - but cause widespread panic, and Israel views the attacks as a major threat to the civilian population living adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

Olmert, speaking Monday at a news conference after meeting visiting Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer, said the Israeli military had been instructed to destroy every rocket launcher and hit everyone involved in the rocket attacks.

Visiting EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana described the ongoing rocket attacks as "something I have to condemn," when he spoke at a joint news conference after meeting Livni in Jerusalem.

He also said that an international Middle East peace conference scheduled to be held in November, possibly in Washington could "not be allowed to fail."

Livni said the declaration of principles which Israel and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were preparing ahead of the conference would "reflect the common ground" between the two sides.

"I believe that there is common ground," she added.

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