We now enter the fourth week of Israel’s effort to stop Hamas rocket fire on Israel and to demolish the tunnels Hamas dug under the border.

Late Monday, Prime Minister Netanyahu said it was untenable for Israel to be threatened by “death from above and death from below.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Haim Zach / GPO/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Haim Zach / GPO/Flash90)

He told the country to brace for what could be a lengthy operation, which he said had to lead to a demilitarized Gaza.

Netanyahu earlier called Ban Ki-moon to reject the UN Security Council’s ceasefire appeal, in the process indirectly rejecting a similar call 24 hours earlier from President Barack Obama. Israel sustained more fatalities on Monday — including four in a mortar attack — and Netanyahu was adamant that the ground offensive to counter Hamas needed to continue.

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