Israel ready for Gaza invasion, prefers diplomatic solution: official

JERUSALEM Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:16am EST

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is ready for a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip but prefers a diplomatic solution, a senior official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

"We would prefer to see a diplomatic solution that would guarantee the peace for Israel's population in the south. If that is possible, then a ground operation would no longer be required," the official told Reuters. "But if diplomacy fails, we may well have no alternative but to send in ground forces."

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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americanguy wrote:
This time Israel will be met with IED’s and RPG’s, and they do not have the equipment to deal with those. A lot of Israeli soldiers will die. I think Israel has fallen into a well planned trap set by Hamas. Hamas will tie up Israel’s military, and Iran will not have to worry about an Israeli attack. A ground operation and invasion is a very bad and costly idea, as the US found out in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Netanyahu is leading Israel into something he cannot get out of.

Nov 19, 2012 7:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
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