Israeli troops attacked parts of Gaza in response to the Palestinian abduction of an Israeli soldier. After destroying three Palestinian bridges, forces crossed into Gaza for the first time since the Israeli withdrawal 10 months ago.
Key Player: Ehud Olmert
By PBS NewsHour
Ehud Olmert, a detail-oriented millionaire and a savvy backroom politician, ascended to the leadership of Israel on Jan. 4, 2006 after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was incapacitated by a stroke.
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