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Minister warns ‘no simple solutions’ in Gaza

Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Services Minister Yuval Steinitz says Gaza must be demilitarized at the end of the current conflict, but that “there are no simple solutions” to the Israel-Hamas standoff.

Israel must also be extremely wary about security control in the West Bank, because mortar fire from West Bank cities of the type fired from Gaza in recent days could hit Jerusalem, Kfar Saba, Highway 6 and other major population centers and strategic arteries in the center of the country, Steinitz told a conference of the Israel Bar Association in Ashkelon this morning.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz addresses the seventh Annual INSS conference in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 (photo credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)
Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz addresses the seventh Annual INSS conference in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 (photo credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

“We are 50 days into the Gaza campaign and there are no simple solutions,” he says.

He also urges cabinet ministers who have criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to back the PM for the duration of the fighting. “Though there are different views, and that’s legitimate, it’s important [for cabinet ministers] to fully support the prime minister, defense minister and chief of staff.”

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