Wednesday, October 17, 2018

War to end war?

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday said Israel must preemptively deliver a devastating strike against Hamas in Gaza.

"The situation as it is today cannot continue," Lieberman told soldiers at an army base near the border. "We must strike Hamas a hard blow; this is the only way to bring the situation back to what it was before and to reduce the level of violence."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared Lieberman's sentiment, saying Israel is "very close to another type of action which would include very strong blows."

Earlier this month, the Israeli military deployed "wide-scale reinforcements" near the border "to thwart terror activity and prevent infiltrations into Israel from the Gaza Strip." However, some observers have speculated it could be in preparation for an incursion into Gaza.

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