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November 16, 2002

Sharon gives Mofaz "green light" for large-scale operations in W. Bank

Let's hope the IDF does it up big this time! And that Israel does not withdraw to kiss American ass
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Saturday night, and briefed him on the results of the consultations he held with the heads of the security establishment earlier, media reports said.

According to a report on Israel Radio, several plans for IDF retaliation on the deadly attack Friday in Hebron that left 12 Israelis dead were discussed in the meeting. The report said Sharon granted Mofaz and the IDF a "green light" to go ahead with a large-scale operation, the report said. The two are set to meet Sunday morning, prior to the government's weekly meeting.

The report quoted an IDF source as saying several of the plans submitted to Mofaz delineated a prolonged stay in the West Bank, in Hebron as well as in other areas, and in the Gaza Strip, for an unspecified amount of time.

The IDF earlier arrested several Palestinians, among them ones known as activists of Islamic Jihad, uprooted an olive grove adjacent to the site of the attack and demolished several Palestinian houses.