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Official: Israel Ready For Ground Op, But Prefers Diplomatic Solution

Israel is ready for a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip but prefers a diplomatic solution, a senior official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

“We would prefer to see a diplomatic solution that would guarantee the peace for Israel’s population in the south. If that is possible, then a ground operation would no longer be required,” the official told Reuters. “But if diplomacy fails, we may well have no alternative but to send in ground forces.”

Israeli soldiers sleep in sleeping bags next to tanks, as the sun rises on a tank staging area in southern Israel along the border with the Gaza Strip, 19 November 2012. Reports state that the Israeli military is prepared to significantly widen operations against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet 18 November 2012. He said Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense had caused “significant damage” to the missile arsenal that Palestinian militant groups were aiming at Israel, and had extracted a “heavy price” from Hamas and other armed organizations (Credit: EPA)

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One Response to Official: Israel Ready For Ground Op, But Prefers Diplomatic Solution

  1. saul

    November 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

    may G-d watch over and bless our soldiers.