After rare visit to Gaza, Netanyahu says war ‘not close to being over’

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the war against Hamas in Gaza is far from over, following a rare visit to the war zone in the Palestinian coastal enclave earlier today.

“We are not stopping, we are continuing to fight and we are deepening the fighting in the coming days, and this will be a long battle and it is not close to being over. We need patience, unity, and to stick to our mission,” says Netanyahu at a meeting of the Likud faction meeting in Knesset.

Netanyahu says he visited a reservist brigade in Gaza today. “Everyone asked me only one thing: that we don’t stop and continue on until the end,” he tells his cabinet.

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