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Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday that “all options are on the table (with regard to Operation Protective Edge) – including re-conquering the Gaza Strip.” According to the Hebrew-language Walla!News website, Lapid said the goal of the military operation is to remove the threat posed by rocket launchers and by terror tunnels in GAza. “The operation will end when there is no more strategic threat of terror tunnels to Israeli communities alongside the Gaza border, when Israelis can sleep soundly at night without worrying about terrorism. The goals are to deal with the tunnels and the rocket fire from the Strip,” Lapid said. Walla! also quoted Lapid, who said that “Israel must set realistic, long-term strategic goals – and demilitarising the Strip is one of those goals.

The website said Lapid, a member of the Security Cabinet, would not address the decision-making process that led to the operation. “I cannot talk about what went on (behind closed doors). The decision to launch this operation was unanimous. The timetables were set together with the heads (of Israel’s various security branches). So far, we have unearthed five tunnels leading into Israel, and we have hit more than a few rocket launchers and terror operatives,” Lapid said.

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The finance minister also said Jerusalem has used every Hamas refusal to agree to a ceasefire with Israel in order to expand the operation, and stressed that while Israel is painfully aware of the human cost of the operation – civilian casualties – he also said that Israel will never allow itself to become like Hamas. “We are sorry for every death of an innocent person. Hamas’ goal is got sacrifice as many people for their narrow interests as possible.

“I have no criticism of our army at all. I am proud to work with these military officers,” Lapid said.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Israel could wipe Gaza out in 6 hours. However, the IDF is much too moral–and the spin against them by the media is totally disgusting.

    Now the Palestinians can see the consequences of reining rockets over Israel. When Japan sent bombs over Pearl Harbor, the ultimate consequences were a lot worse by the United States–think Hiroshima and Nagasaki!!!

    If I were you guys, I would think twice the next time you allow a Hamas fighter to shoot a missile from your block. Shame on all of you Palestinians. Israel has the moral high ground!!!

  2. Danial Ayham, I call a nonsense alert on you. Hamas fires at Israeli civilians from launch sites at schools, hospitals and residences and force residents to ignore warnings from Israel. This is done to maximize civilian casualties. Egypt blames current hostilities on Hamas.

  3. When they arm their children with grenades and even the women are soldiers, to take them all out. To not be soft at all with an enemy bent on your complete annihilation. Take them OUT, Israel! Sweep Gaza, and TAKE IT BACK. Gaza belongs to Israel- it is within the Borders of the Promise!

  4. Danial–The death of the children are the fault and responsibility of Hamas, just like the 10,000 babies who died in Berlin and Dresden in 1945, was the ENTIRE fault of the Nazis. Don’t you too dare hide behind those poor children.

    You are sick.

  5. Shut up already!! We’re fed up with you and Pipi. You talk too much. if you were serious about defeating Ham-Ass you would have cut off the water supply and stopped the thousands of trucks supplying the enemy with provisions.

  6. God is on the side of the Israelis!!! Hamas has sent over 1,705 rockets with the intent of murdering children by the 1,000s. They are just poor shots. Israel protects itself with precision firing of missles at those firing these rockets making sure they hit their target and not kill civilians! FACT! The only problem is, these Hamas cowards strap children onto their backs and place their rockets in the homes of children for the exact purpose for liberals to blame Israel for killing babies! FACT! Israel is saving children by wiping Hamas off the face of the earth!!!!!!!!!!! ISRAEL, GOD CHOSEN PEOPLE!!

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