Israel sees long days of Gaza combat, moots invasion

JERUSALEM Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:08am EST

1 of 2. A man holds a copy of Koran after an Israeli air strike on a car of Hamas's military chief in Gaza City November 14, 2012.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's aerial assault on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday could draw cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks and stretch into days of fighting, including a ground offensive if required, the Israeli military said.

"The days we face in the south will, in my estimation, prove protracted," Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai told Channel 2 TV after Israeli air strikes killed the military chief of Gaza's Hamas government. "The homefront must brace itself resiliently."

Mordechai said Israel was both responding to a surge in Palestinian rocket salvoes earlier this week and trying to prevent Hamas and other Palestinian factions from building up their arsenals further.

Among the targets of Wednesday's air strikes were underground caches of longer-range Hamas rockets, he said.

Asked if Israel might send ground forces into Gaza, Mordechai said: "There are preparations, and if we are required to, the option of a entry by ground is available."

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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Comments (5)
xcanada2 wrote:
Let’s go kill a few thousand more Palis. That will teach them for wanting their land back!

Nov 14, 2012 11:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
ShaulLu wrote:
To xcanada: Israel tries to avoid civilian casualties on both sides. It is Hamas who delights in casualties. As for land – Jews clung to the Holy Land for thousands of years, despite the Ottoman and Arab persecutions. There was a Jewish majority in east Jerusalem until the Jews were driven out by Arab mobs in the 1920′s. And then there are all the JEWISH REFUGEES FROM ARAB LANDS – their offspring form more than half of all Israelis.

Nov 14, 2012 11:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
harkl wrote:
Why does the US continue to support this arrogant and rogue theocracy? I’m Sick and tired of paying for Israeli weapons which are only used to further maintain Israel’s illegitimate rule. The Israeli government lacks credibility when it whines about terrorists while it continues to seize property, maintain apartheid rule and murder innocents.

Nov 14, 2012 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
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