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Israel to Hamas: 36-hours ultimatum before starting major offensive

Israel to Hamas: 36-hours ultimatum before starting major offensive

November 19, 2012 - Israel has warned Hamas it will step up its offensive in the Gaza Strip in 36 hours if they do not cease rocket fire. Israel's Finance Minister told IDF radio the time left before Israel escalates its attacks can be measured in “hours, not days.”

­"We are at a junction," said Minister Yuval Steinitz. "Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation… including a possible move to achieve complete military decision."

Israel has demanded that Hamas cease firing rockets into Israel for a period of “several years”

and that they stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. The conditions are part of a six-part proposal put forward by the Israeli government at negotiations with Hamas in Cairo.

In addition, the proposal asked that Israel be allowed to hunt down terrorists in the event of an attack or if it obtains information on an imminent attack.

Hamas’ official Moussa Abu Marzuk said Hamas would not accept the creation of an Israeli "security belt" in eastern Gaza.

For their part, the Palestinians have demanded the immediate lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza and the cessation of IDF targeted killings.

Fears of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza have heightened following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on Sunday that the IDF was “prepared for a significant expansion of the operation.”

Sources and more information:

Israeli Defense Minister approves summons of 30,000 soldiers for Gaza operation - report

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has reportedly approved the summons of 30,000 reserve soldiers. The troops can be called into action by the military at any point, an IDF spokesman told Israel's Channel 2 TV, as quoted by AFP. Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said the army was in the process of expanding the Gaza operation.

Israel Says It Knocked Out Hamas Drone Program

An Israeli Defense Force spokesman said Friday that a Hamas militant program to build and launch drone aircraft has been destroyed. Speaking on Israeli television, an IDF spokesman said that for the past few months Israel has been monitoring Hamas' attempt to build a drone fleet. Israeli Defense Forces strike Hamas drone.

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Israel will reenter the Gaza Strip if necessary, Barak warns as rocket tally rises over 100

IAF bombs Hamas PM Haniyeh's bureau in north Gaza; not hurt - Jerusalem Post

( via rt.com )


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