Netanyahu: Op goes on until no rockets fired

Operation Protective Edge will continue until no more rockets are fired on Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows.

“The campaign in Gaza continues,” he says after security consultations with the military leadership in the country’s south. “What is nearing conclusion is the IDF’s activity on the tunnels, but this operation will only be over when the calm and security returns to Israel’s citizens for an extended period of time.”

Israel has no intention of hurting civilians in Gaza, Netanyahu adds, claiming that it is Hamas that harms Gazans by preventing them from accepting humanitarian aid. “I think the international community should vocally condemn Hamas and demand, as we do, that Gaza’s rehabilitation be linked to its demilitarization.”

The prime minister is also meeting today with the heads of local councils which are under fire in the south.

–Raphael Ahren.

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