Barak is sounding tough:
Did you catch that? What in the world does he mean?Defense Minister Ehud Barak convened a news conference in which he said that the operation has three goals: "to hit Hamas hard, to change the situation radically and to prevent the continuation of rocket fire at Israeli civilians." "The IDF also wishes to inform the Israeli public that it must prepare itself for continued rocket fire by Hamas."
Cabinet Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said the aid was to let the people of Gaza know that Israel does not consider them its enemy.
"We are sending them a message that the Hamas leadership has turned them into a punching bag for everyone. It is a leadership that has turned schoolyards into rocket-launching pads," Ben-Eliezer told Israel Radio.
Israeli newspapers reported that the gesture was also in response to international pressure on Israel to lessen the impact that an invasion would have on Gaza's civilians.