Netanyahu: Israel prepared to widen Gaza offensive

JERUSALEM Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:26am EST

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JERUSALEM Nov 18 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel was prepared to widen its Gaza offensive significantly.

"We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organisations and the Israel Defence Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation," he told his cabinet, in broadcast remarks.

He gave no specifics and made no mention of the possibility of a ground offensive.