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I knew that it would only be a matter of time, before Hamas attacked Israel. After all, they don't even believe that Israel has the right to exist. I'm afraid that Israel will attack them back, and the whole back and forth attack will ensue again! I can only hope that Israel keeps a cool head, and ignores their blatant attempt at starting a religious war, that they have already proclaimed against the Hebrew people. I'm trying not to take sides, but I find it hard not to side with Israel. Behave, after all, you are cousins. Well, I guess we are all cousins, in one fashion or another. What's your say?

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Hamas militants launched on Sunday their first deadly raid into Israel from Gaza since an Israeli pullout last year, killing two soldiers while another was abducted, in an assault in which two attackers died.

The infiltration, through a tunnel militants dug under the Gaza border fence to reach an army post, raised tensions along the frontier to their highest point since Israel completed its withdrawal last September after 38 years of occupation.

Israeli leaders ordered the army to prepare for "urgent military action" and a "harsh response", including targeting civilian infrastructure and possibly striking at elected leaders of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, officials said.

Israel's Channel One television said the cabinet had authorized an aerial blitz against militant targets and an Israeli ground strike into the Gaza Strip. It said that Israeli troop reinforcements had been moved to the Gaza border.

But Israeli ministers decided to hold off on any immediate action, and allow two days for talks through diplomatic channels to try to free the soldier, an Israeli political source said.

Brought to you by REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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