UPDATED:(Washington, D.C.) — On Day Four of “Operation Protective Edge,” there are growing calls by Israeli security experts, political leaders and commentators for a massive ground operation inside Gaza to arrest thousands of terrorists, capture weapons and ammunition, and bring the rocket fire to an end.
Let us pray this isn’t necessary. There enormous risks and downsides for both sides on so many levels. But it’s important to understand this is being actively discussed.
- President Shimon Peresis warning Israel may have to invade soon.
- Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermanis saying Israel should reoccupy Gaza to stop the rockets, and broke from his coalition with Netanyahu’s political party because he believes the PM isn’t moving decisively enough.
- Israel’s Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz, a close ally of Netanyahu, is also making the case for invasion and reoccupation.
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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