Israel moves closer toward ground offensive-approves 8,000 additional reservists

by The Daily Lede


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The Israeli Security Cabinet has just approved the order to call up an additional 8,000 reservists–this in addition to the 40,000 troops approved last week

A ground initiative may be approved later this week following the rejection of a cease-fire by Hamas.  The security cabinet met overnight to discuss the possibility of a limited ground operation into Gaza.

Former national security adviser Giora Eiland has told IDF radio that “Israel has no choice but to continue to intensify the operation.”

Eiland explains that “real destruction” on Hamas’s underground network of tunnels can only come from a ground initiative and “it looks like we’re heading in that direction,” he said.

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