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Netanyahu: IDF offensive in Gaza to continue until quiet is restored in south

When asked whether Israel was preparing a ground invasion, Netanyahu said, “We are preparing all options.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed on Friday that Israel would continue its military offensive in the Gaza Strip until Jerusalem can ensure that all rocket fire on Israeli towns would cease.
When asked whether Israel was preparing a ground invasion, Netanyahu said, “We are preparing all options.”

Netanyahu told the nation on Friday that Israel would continue to strike “decisive” blows against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu said Israel has attacked more than 1,000 targets during a four-day-old offensive against Gaza militants and that “there are still more to go.”

In remarks to reporters, he said he saw no international pressure on Israel to halt its campaign.

He also would not rule out the possibility of expanding the campaign of mostly aerial attacks into a ground war in Gaza, answering when asked whether such a move was possible that “we are weighing all possibilities and preparing for all possibilities.”

Netanyahu praised the Iron Dome anti-rocket battery for intercepting hundreds of Hamas projectiles fired at Israeli towns.

The premier also praised Israeli civilians for their “fortitude” in the face of incessant rocket fire. Netanyahu said that the IDF has thus far hit over 1,000 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip.

“I’m proud of the way Israeli citizens have conducted themselves, and I’m proud to be their prime minister,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister added that no terror entity in Gaza is immune from Israel’s long arm.

Netanyahu said that “no normal country would accept a situation” in which rockets are fired on their cities and towns. He added that he held “very good, positive” telephone consultations with US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The premier said that Israel is paying the price for its 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, “something which I did not support.” He said that any Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank “would create another 20 fronts with Gaza, 20 Gazas.”

via The Jerusalem Post

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