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Liberman says no need to extend humanitarian truce beyond midnight

Foreign Minister Liberman says he sees no need to extend the current humanitarian truce in Gaza beyond midnight. Otherwise it will turn into a “creeping ceasefire,” he says.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks with the press before entering the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2014. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash 90)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks with the press before entering the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2014. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash 90)

Asked whether Israel should halt or continue and expand the ground offensive, Liberman tells Channel 2 that the real question is whether what the IDF has achieved thus far “can prevent a fourth round” of conflict with Hamas and guarantee the safety of the people of Israel.

Plainly he believes the operation should continue. “We have to be sure, the day after a ceasefire, that Hamas cannot restart digging tunnels,” and developing better, more dangerous missiles. “If we haven’t achieved that…,” he tails off.

And with that, Liberman leaves the studio for a cabinet meeting.

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