Livni: Gaza op is war on terror

JERUSALEM (JTA) — When Israel is attacked it will retaliate, Tzipi Livni said before a meeting with her European counterparts.

Israel’s foreign minister called the Gaza operation "a necessary war on terror," adding that "We don’t sign agreements with terror; we fight terror" during a news conference Monday afternoon in Jerusalem.

Livni was scheduled to meet a delegation from European Union countries, including the foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, France and Sweden, as well as E.U. foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

The Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, whose country serves as the current E.U. president, called for a cease-fire in Gaza and a halt to Palestinian rocket fire on Israel. 

Before heading to Israel, the delegation met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at Sharm el-Sheik. After meeting with Livni, the group is scheduled to continue to Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority and Amman, Jordan.

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