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‘Significant Likelihood’ That Israel Retakes Gaza, Intelligence Minister Says

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Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgThere is “a significant likelihood” that the current Israel Defense Forces ground operation “will end with Israel retaking full control over Gaza,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Saturday.

Steinitz explained that the decision was based on the assessment that Hamas was not ready for a cease-fire. The Israeli Diplomatic-Security Cabinet unanimously approved an expansion of the ground incursion based on the understanding that Hamas’s terror tunnels in Gaza pose no less of a threat to Israel than the incessant rocket fire, according to Israel Hayom.

“Operation Protective Edge will continue as long as necessary, until calm and security are restored,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel from over the weekend.

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