Lapid: There will be more fatalities on Israeli side

Finance Minister Yair Lapid says that Israel must prepare for more fatalities like those today, in which two soldiers were killed in a Hamas raid.

“All those who hesitated [ahead of a ground operation] must prepare for fatalities as there are likely to be more. We must take this into account,” he tells Channel 2.

Lapid assessed that Israel’s ground incursion into Gaza has been successful so far, as 34 tunnel shafts have been uncovered, including five very sophisticated ones that reach relatively deep into Israel.

“We’re talking about an ongoing operation; there are no magic solutions,” he says.

Lapid adds that there are discussions with Egypt — “and only Egypt” — on ceasefire negotiations.

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