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Senior officers want to press on with ground op

In light of diplomatic initiative to reach truce in Gaza, senior IDF officials stress importance of continued military operation if Israel wishes to enhance its deterrence

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 01.08.09, 14:09 / Israel News

Senior defense establishment officials warned Thursday that the IDF has not yet completed its mission in the Gaza Strip. "Continued military pressure on Hamas could significantly improve the end result of the entire operation," a high-ranking officer told Ynet Thursday.

 

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The officers are concerned that the political echelon might decide to declare a ceasefire in Gaza before all the objectives of the operation have been obtained.

 

Despite the hard blows it has sustained until now, Hamas continues to fight, and therefore the officers see no reason to halt the military offensive yet.

 

"At this stage of the operation the IDF has made nice gains, but Hamas has not been crushed yet. The decision-makers will have to take this into consideration," the officer explained.

 

The IDF commanders urged the political leadership not to lose the momentum vis-à-vis Hamas: "This operation must be concluded with a sense of strong deterrence against them," one official stated.

 

"The harder we hit Hamas now – the longer and more genuine the truce will be," he concluded.

 

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