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Israel braces for retribution after failed strike on Rantissi

Israel stood firm under a barrage of criticism over its failed attempt to eliminate a senior Hamas leader, as it braced itself for the promised “earthquake” of retaliation. As the press and opposition politicians echoed a rare US rebuke over the timing of Tuesday’s strike against Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi, Israel continued to release information to justify it. Military radio said Israeli security services had intelligence on plans for 53 anti-Israeli attacks, half of them from Hamas. According to the intelligence material gathered by Israel, Rantissi had recently advocated resuming suicide attacks inside Israel during a recent meeting with the movement’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday stood by his hardline stance and said the army would seek out radical militants threatening the country’s security wherever they are. Full Story

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