Mideast Clash

Israel’s ‘Humanitarian Corridor’

Faced with mounting calls for a cease-fire with Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel will set up a “humanitarian corridor” in Gaza to allow Palestinians access to food and other necessities. Relief convoys today will be permitted into the territory periodically to dispense medicine and foodstuffs. Olmert told Haaretz that Israel does not want a prolonged offensive in Gaza, adding: “We did not set out to occupy Gaza or kill every terrorist. We set out to bring change to the south.” The premier said he’s talking with other world leaders and that Israel supports UN efforts to find an “active” resolution to the crisis.