Speaking in Tel Aviv, National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi says the first stage in the war, containing the Hamas attack and clearing southern Israel of terrorists, is over, as is the second stage, striking “with precision and force all the enemy systems through quality intelligence from air, land, and sea.”
The third and current stage is the ground operation in the northern Gaza Strip.
“It is a difficult campaign,” he says, “and it demands intensive combat. There is no combat without a painful price. We are a fighting nation, despite the pain. We are determined to win, despite the pain.”