JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Israel will go back to carrying out military strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip despite a month-old truce, army radio reported on Tuesday. "Those who miss the operations in the Gaza Strip, don't worry, they will come," Barak told a Labour party event in Jerusalem, without elaborating. A spokesman for Hamas, which violently seized power in Gaza in June 2007 and is pledged to Israel's destruction, called the remarks "ridiculous" and said the Islamist movement was "prepared for all options." Barak's remarks "reflect the state of confusion of the Israeli occupation in dealing with Hamas and the Gaza Strip, and the vacillation between an aggressive escalation and the truce," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP. In June, Israel agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce with Palestinian activists in Gaza that has virtually halted the near daily rocket and mortar attacks launched from the impoverished territory on southern Israel. But Israeli officials remain wary of the deal and suspect Gaza's Hamas rulers and other armed groups are using the calm to train and rearm with weapons smuggled through a vast network of tunnels under the border with Egypt. Israel had also said the truce depended on progress in releasing Gilad Shalit, an Israeli corporal seized by Gaza fighters in a deadly cross-border raid on June 25, 2006. Israel's army chief said on Monday that the military knows Shalit's location and the identity of those holding him, raising the possibility that Israel could seek to extract him through military means. The army later insisted that General Gabi Ashkenazi meant only that Israel knew Shalit was being held by Hamas in Gaza. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet Wednesday (today) for the first time since Olmert announced he will step down, a Palestinian official said Tuesday. "Tomorrow there will be a meeting between president Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert in Jerusalem," senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP. He said the two men would discuss final-status issues in US-backed peace talks formally relaunched last year, Israeli checkpoints and closures in the occupied West Bank, and the fate of thousands of Palestinian prisoners.