A senior IDF officer says that Operation Protective Edge has achieved the target goals that were laid out at the start of the campaign.

“We have reached the goals that were defined for us,” the unnamed officer says in media reports. “The political leadership needs to take a decision if we are going in further or pulling out of the Gaza Strip.”

At the start of the ground operation two weeks ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the objective was to destroy dozens of terror tunnels dug by Hamas under the Israel-Gaza border and to achieve an agreed upon prolonged period of quiet.

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