Deputy Israeli Defense Minister Matan Vilnai offers a warning to the Palestinians:
"The more Qassam (rocket) fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Vilnai told Army Radio.
Vilnai was just trying to wrest the prize for Most Ironic Statement From An Israeli Military Official from this officer:
In order to prepare properly for the next campaign, one of the Israeli officers in the territories said not long ago, it's justified and in fact essential to learn from every possible source. If the mission will be to seize a densely populated refugee camp, or take over the casbah in Nablus, and if the commander's obligation is to try to execute the mission without casualties on either side, then he must first analyze and internalize the lessons of earlier battles - even, however shocking it may sound, even how the German army fought in the Warsaw ghetto.
The Palestinian targets of the "bigger holocaust" may not be able to muster the detachment necessary for a proper appreciation of this superior display of irony, though.
Just as the Israeli military "revised" Brigadier General Ron Kitrey's admission that "there were apparently hundreds of dead" in Israel's attack on the Jenin refugee camp in 2002, I'd imagine Vilnai's immoderate honesty will shortly be "revised" as well. Interestingly, Kitrey was also speaking to Army Radio at the time—but then we all know that it's easier to relax and say what you're really thinking when you feel you're talking among friends.