Border Violence Cools, as Israel Refrains From Response to Rocket Attacks

By Anshel Pfeffer, Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury (Haaretz)

Published April 10, 2011.

The latest round of Israel-Gaza violence, which included a direct hit on an Israeli school bus, intense Palestinian rocket and mortar fire, and IDF strikes that left 19 Hamas militants and two civilians dead over the weekend, appears to have come to a close, defense officials said on Sunday.

The Israel Defense Forces refrained from responding to a rocket fired on Sunday toward Ashkelon and to the 10 mortar shells that hit open areas in southern Israel, even as a ministerial committee directed the army “to continue to act against those responsible for terrorism.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated on Sunday that restraint would be the watchword.

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