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Israeli security cabinet meets after approving expansion of ground operation
The Jerusalem Post ^ | Friday, July 18, 2014 | Herb Keinon

Posted on 07/19/2014 3:42:07 AM PDT by Star Traveler

The Israeli government's security cabinet is currently meeting to discuss expanding further the ground incursion into Gaza that was launched late Thursday.

Israel launched the ground operation Thursday night because there is no other way to deal with the labyrinth of tunnels threatening Israel from inside the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Friday.

Netanyahu said he has directed the army to prepare for the possibility of a significant expansion of the ground operation. He explained that the decision to launch the operation was made after Hamas continued to fire on Israel even after Israel accepted both an Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, and a UN initiative for a humanitarian lull in the fighting on Thursday.

Netanyahu said that intensive diplomatic efforts have created diplomatic space for Israel to act systematically and with force against the terrorist organizations. “ This is not a given,” he stressed.

“The supreme consideration guiding us is to restore security to the civilians and quiet to the state,” he said. “There is not a more moral army than the IDF, and we do not want to harm even one innocent civilian. Not even one. We are operating only against terror targets.”

Netanyahu said that the terrorist organizations bear the responsibility for harm to the civilians in Gaza because they are attacking Israeli towns and cities from behind human shields.

“But unlike in the past, this time there are many in the international community who understand that Hamas alone bears responsibility for the victims,” he said. “This is something very important for Israel.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hamas; israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a very capable leader for Israel in dealing with this attack from Hamas. He is slowly and deliberatively lining up world-wide support for what Israel has to accomplish in the long-run for Gaza, which is demilitarization.
1 posted on 07/19/2014 3:42:08 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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Here’s a running account of news reports related to these recent events with Israel and Hamas. If you want to catch up on the news accounts ... they are here ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/stisraelhamas/index

It’s listed from newest to oldest, so go to the bottom to start.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 3:46:28 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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