* Ehud Olmert said Israel is on standby to attack the Gaza Strip if an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian gunmen there is not released. “Yesterday I gave the military commanders instructions to deploy forces so that they are ready for a comprehensive and protracted operation in order to strike the terrorist organizations and their chiefs,” the Israeli prime minister said in a speech Monday, 24 hours ahead of a deadline for the return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
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