Israeli prime minister vows to deter terror groups

March 9th, 2008 - 7:40 am ICT by admin  

Jerusalem, March 9 (Xinhua) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed that his country will achieve deterrence against terror groups as it had done against Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. “As we achieved deterrence against Arab states and against Hezbollah, which for a year and a half has not dared to shoot even one missile, we will achieve deterrence against other terrorist organisations,” Olmert said.

He was addressing a gathering Saturday on the occasion of the International Women’s Day in a Tel Aviv suburb. This was his first public speech after the deadly shooting attack on a religious school in Jerusalem Thursday night, local daily Ha’aretz reported.

“There are those who are trying to discourage us from the possibility of peace. But we have been through worse times than these,” Olmert said.

Eight students in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem were killed Thursday when a gunman spilled bullets on them before being shot dead by an Israeli Army official.

Though no group has officially claimed responsibility for the attack, a little known outfit called “Galilee Freedom Battalions - the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh” said it was behind the attack.

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