MediaLine reports that Israeli PM Ehud Olmert will continue to ignore Palestinian Qassam rocket fire from Gaza. Apparently buoyed by international praise for the restraint Israel has shown in response to the firing of more than 40 Qassam rockets since a cease-fire went into effect three weeks ago, Olmert has reportedly decided to stay the course.
Seven Qassams landed in Israel on Wednesday and one early this morning. Because the rockets, which carry no explosive payload, have not caused any injuries, Olmert has apparently decided that kudos from the international community outweigh a military response to halt the rockets.
Speaking at a news conference with visiting Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg yesterday, Olmert did warn that his patience was not without limit. Referring to the Qassams, he said, "It is clear that it is impossible to ignore this for long, so long as the Palestinians continue to shoot."