Netanyahu says Israel has not ruled out conquering Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Wednesday that Israel is making an attempt to “achieve a state of deterrence against Hamas” to finish the hostilities which have killed 229 individuals on each side, however hasn’t ruled out “other options” — which embrace conquering Gaza.

“We’re not standing with a stopwatch. We are taking care of the operation’s objectives,” Netanyahu instructed overseas journalists, including that no timeframe will be introduced for the top to the preventing, The Times of Israel reported.

He made the remarks after briefing diplomats from the US, the European Union, Russia, China, India, Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Italy and different international locations at Tel Aviv’s Kirya army headquarters.

Netanyahu added that the origin of the present battle is the cancellation of the Palestinian elections.

“Hamas used the events of Jerusalem Day and the situation in Sheikh Jarrah to serve its own political interest,” he mentioned, including that Israel is “doing everything” to reduce civilian casualties.

On the operational facet, greater than 50 Israeli jets dropped about 120 bombs to destroy 7.5 miles of Hamas tunnels in Gaza within the fifth spherical of airstrikes in opposition to the sprawling complicated, the news outlet reported, citing Israel Defense Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman.

Benjamin Netanyahu said there is no timeframe for when the fighting may end.
Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned there isn’t a timeframe for when the preventing could finish.
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The IDF additionally mentioned it struck a number of targets within the upscale Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, an space the place many prime Hamas commanders reside.

Meanwhile, Gaza militants fired a number of rockets at southern and central Israel late Tuesday and early Wednesday, with Hamas claiming it additionally focused Israeli air drive bases.

“The bases that the Al Qassam Brigades targeted are Hatzor, Hatzerim, Nevatim, Tel Nof, Palmachim, and Ramon,” Hamas mentioned in a press release, in line with The Times of Israel.

Zilberman mentioned Wednesday that the IDF had no indications {that a} rocket struck any of its air bases, including {that a} projectile landed in an open area properly exterior the Tel Nof base close to Rehovot.

Palestinians check the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Palestinians verify the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip.
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About 50 rockets have been fired towards Israel from Gaza from Tuesday night time into Wednesday morning, with 10 of them touchdown contained in the Palestinian enclave.

No accidents or harm was reported within the newest assaults, indicating that the remaining 40 rockets have been both intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial protection system or landed in open areas, in line with the outlet.

Since the start of the preventing May 10, Hamas has fired virtually 3,700 rockets at Israel.

The building of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza is seen heavily damaged by Israeli bombardment in Gaza City,
The constructing of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza is seen closely broken by Israeli bombardment in Gaza City.
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According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, 219 Gazans have been killed for the reason that preventing started, together with 63 youngsters. It mentioned 1,530 individuals have been wounded.

Israel has mentioned that at the least 150 of the fatalities have been members of Palestinian terror teams, including that lots of the civilian casualties resulted from errant Hamas rockets.

On the Israeli facet, 12 individuals have died, together with a soldier and a 5-year-old boy.

Israel and Hamas have each denied {that a} cease-fire settlement has been reached for Thursday because the US will increase stress on the 2 sides to halt the preventing, i24news reported.

Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.
Streaks of sunshine are seen as Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip in the direction of Israel.
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Several experiences have emerged suggesting that Israel and Hamas would put a halt to the bloodshed following mediation efforts by Egypt, in line with Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 12.

According to the station, Hamas agreed to the phrases of the cease-fire deal, whereas Jerusalem has but to reply. But quickly after information of the purported deal turned public, both sides started issuing denials.

“No agreement or specific timings for the cease-fire were reached,” a Hamas spokesperson mentioned in a press release, in line with i24news.

The sister (right) and relatives of Palestinian Mahmoud Shtawi, 19, cry during his funeral in Gaza City, after he was killed in an Israeli air strike.
The sister (proper) and kinfolk of Palestinian Mahmoud Shtawi, 19, cry throughout his funeral in Gaza City, after he was killed in an Israeli air strike.
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“While emphasizing that the efforts and contacts of the mediators are serious and continuous, the demands of our people are clear and well-known,” it added.

But regardless of the denials, senior Israeli officers have signaled to native media that the preventing is nearing a detailed.

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