Israeli fighter planes and helicopter gunships have begun pounding Hamas’ “terrorist infrastructure” in the Gaza Strip on Saturday. So far, Israeli air strikes destroyed more than 30 security compounds, including two locations where Hamas graduation ceremonies for new recruits were underway. This latest anti terrorism campaign is a response to the dozens of rocket attacks Gaza based militants have launched against Israel since a truce expired just over a week ago.

In statements to the press, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said “There is a time for calm and a time for fighting, and now the time has come to fight,â€?. According to Barak, the military campaign would take time and would be expanded “as necessary.”

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a leading candidate to become Israel’s next prime minister, called for international support against “an extremist Islamist organization … that is being supported by Iran,â€? and, “Only last week Israel was attacked from the Gaza Strip and in a day about 80 missiles and mortars were fired against Israeli civilians,” she said. “Enough is enough.”