ISRAEL

Olmert Threatens Gaza Over Rockets

Lame duck Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is warning Palestinians not take advantage of Israel's current transition period by launching rockets, a number of which have hit Israel since it declared a truce in its Gaza operation in January. "If the rocket fire from Gaza continues, it will be answered with a painful, harsh, strong and uncompromising response from the security forces." Olmert said on Sunday. Diplomats from around the world are meeting on Monday for a conference in Egypt on Gaza reconstruction, where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to pledge $900 million in US aid. International Middle East envoy Tony Blair is currently visiting Gaza to personally survey the damage caused by its recent war with Israel.