Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the fighting in Lebanon would end when the two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas were freed, rocket a ttacks on Israel stopped and the Lebanese army deployed along the border.
D elivering impassioned speech to Israel's parliament after sixdays of fighting with Lebanon, Olmert said Israel would have no mercy on militants who attack its cities with rockets, and he pledged to destroy terrorist infrastructure.
"We shall seek out every installation, hit every terrorist helping to attack Israeli citizens, destroy all the terrorist infrastructure, in every place," he said.
Israeli officials have said Israel would not stop fighting until Hezbollah is dismantled.
But Olmert's comments - seeking the release of the soldiers, the end of Hezbollah attacks on Israel and the deployment of Lebanese troops in south Lebanon - seemed to be a softening of that position.
"We are not looking for war but if necessary we will not be frightened by it," Olmert said.