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Israel says prefers diplomacy but ready to invade Gaza

Smoke is seen after an after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, out of a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. An Islamic Jihad local commander was killed on Monday in an Israeli air strike on a tower block that houses many international media, a source in the militant group said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Smoke is seen after an after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, out of a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. An Islamic Jihad local commander was killed on Monday in an Israeli air...more

Smoke is seen after an after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, out of a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. An Islamic Jihad local commander was killed on Monday in an Israeli air strike on a tower block that houses many international media, a source in the militant group said. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Black smoke rises after an Israeli air strike and smoke trails are seen as three rockets are launched from the central Gaza Strip towards Israel November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Black smoke rises after an Israeli air strike and smoke trails are seen as three rockets are launched from the central Gaza Strip towards Israel November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Black smoke rises after an Israeli air strike and smoke trails are seen as three rockets are launched from the central Gaza Strip towards Israel November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza. REUTERS/Stringer

Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza. REUTERS/Stringer

Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza. REUTERS/Stringer
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Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza. Reuters/Stringer

Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza. Reuters/Stringer

Hamas's leader in exile Khaled Meshaal speaks during a news conference in Cairo November 19, 2012. Meshaal said on Monday Israel must take the first step if it wants a truce in the conflict in Gaza. Reuters/Stringer
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A Palestinian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses international media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A Palestinian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses international media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A Palestinian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses international media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to...more

A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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Palestinians evacuate a wounded man after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians evacuate a wounded man after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians evacuate a wounded man after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, on a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli air strike on nearby houses in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli air strike on nearby houses in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli air strike on nearby houses in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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A Palestinian inspects damaged buildings at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A Palestinian inspects damaged buildings at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A Palestinian inspects damaged buildings at a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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People step on a drawing of an Israeli flag, drawn by Tunisians in support of Palestinian people during Israel's ongoing military operation in Gaza, in front of a mall in Tunis November 19, 2012. The writing reads, ''Zionism entity". REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

People step on a drawing of an Israeli flag, drawn by Tunisians in support of Palestinian people during Israel's ongoing military operation in Gaza, in front of a mall in Tunis November 19, 2012. The writing reads, ''Zionism entity". REUTERS/Zoubeir...more

People step on a drawing of an Israeli flag, drawn by Tunisians in support of Palestinian people during Israel's ongoing military operation in Gaza, in front of a mall in Tunis November 19, 2012. The writing reads, ''Zionism entity". REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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A general view of a Hamas destroyed security site is seen after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A general view of a Hamas destroyed security site is seen after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

A general view of a Hamas destroyed security site is seen after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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An Israeli air force F15-E fighter jet takes off for a mission over the Gaza Strip, from the Tel Nof air base in central Israel November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Israeli air force F15-E fighter jet takes off for a mission over the Gaza Strip, from the Tel Nof air base in central Israel November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Israeli air force F15-E fighter jet takes off for a mission over the Gaza Strip, from the Tel Nof air base in central Israel November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israeli soldiers check their weapons at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers check their weapons at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers check their weapons at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Palestinian stone-throwers holds a Hamas flag as he climbs a street pole during clashes with Israeli security forces outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 18, 2012. The clashes broke out following a protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian stone-throwers holds a Hamas flag as he climbs a street pole during clashes with Israeli security forces outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 18, 2012. The clashes broke out following a protest against Israel's...more

Palestinian stone-throwers holds a Hamas flag as he climbs a street pole during clashes with Israeli security forces outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 18, 2012. The clashes broke out following a protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Hamas' leader in exile, Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) and the Hamas delegation at the Presidential Palace in Cairo November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Hamas' leader in exile, Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) and the Hamas delegation at the Presidential Palace in Cairo November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Hamas' leader in exile, Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) and the Hamas delegation at the Presidential Palace in Cairo November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout
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A Palestinian woman reacts in front of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A Palestinian woman reacts in front of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A Palestinian woman reacts in front of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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A Palestinian walks past a destroyed Hamas security site after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children. REUTERS/Yasser Gdeeh

A Palestinian walks past a destroyed Hamas security site after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to...more

A Palestinian walks past a destroyed Hamas security site after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 19, 2012. Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children. REUTERS/Yasser Gdeeh
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Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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A Palestinian man uses his iPad as he takes pictures of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian man uses his iPad as he takes pictures of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian man uses his iPad as he takes pictures of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Israeli soldiers pray next to their gear near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers pray next to their gear near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers pray next to their gear near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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A Hasidic Jewish man, from the Breslov sect, holds an Israeli flag as he dances with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Hasidic Jewish man, from the Breslov sect, holds an Israeli flag as he dances with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A Hasidic Jewish man, from the Breslov sect, holds an Israeli flag as he dances with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, dance with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, dance with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, dance with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Supporters of Islami Jamiat Talaba, a student wing of Pakistan's religious and political party Jamaat-e-Islami, shout anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration in Peshawar November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Supporters of Islami Jamiat Talaba, a student wing of Pakistan's religious and political party Jamaat-e-Islami, shout anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration in Peshawar November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Supporters of Islami Jamiat Talaba, a student wing of Pakistan's religious and political party Jamaat-e-Islami, shout anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration in Peshawar November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz
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Israeli soldiers sleep on a military vehicle at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers sleep on a military vehicle at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers sleep on a military vehicle at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, ride on a van with Israeli flags during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip (seen in the background) November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, ride on a van with Israeli flags during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip (seen in the background) November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, ride on a van with Israeli flags during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip (seen in the background) November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Israeli soldiers sleep at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers sleep at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers sleep at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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An Israeli soldier reads as he leans on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli soldier reads as he leans on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli soldier reads as he leans on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Israeli soldiers prepare tanks at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli soldiers prepare tanks at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli soldiers prepare tanks at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, dance with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, dance with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Hasidic Jewish men, from the Breslov sect, dance with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers, near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Israeli soldiers hug at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers hug at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli soldiers hug at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Israeli armoured personnel carriers (APC) and tanks are seen at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. Israel bombed dozens of suspected guerrilla sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave dropped off as international efforts to broker a truce intensified. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli armoured personnel carriers (APC) and tanks are seen at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. Israel bombed dozens of suspected guerrilla sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket...more

Israeli armoured personnel carriers (APC) and tanks are seen at a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 19, 2012. Israel bombed dozens of suspected guerrilla sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave dropped off as international efforts to broker a truce intensified. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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