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Steinitz: To get rid of Hamas, we have to conquer Gaza

Steinitz: To get rid of Hamas, we have to conquer Gaza

Israeli tanks, armored personnel carriers (APCs) and other military armored vehicles are gathering near the Gaza border in southern Israel. (Photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

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Politicians have reacted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept a ceasefire after two days of continuous rocket attacks that left 4 Israelis dead and 234 wounded.
Energy Minister and member of the Security Cabinet, Yuval Steinitz, told Army Radio Monday morning that "to get rid of Hamas, we have to conquer Gaza."

He made the comments after the decision to accept a ceasefire during the early hours of Monday morning. Four Israelis were killed and another 234 were injured when 690 rockets hit the south of the country.
Steinitz said that such action was "a possible step, but one that will demand a very high price".
He added that the Israeli attacks on Sunday night were at the highest level, saying they were as powerful as those of the 2014 Gaza war. "We demolished buildings after 50 days, and here we did it in one day."
Opposition leader Benny Gantz criticized Netanyahu's decision to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza.
"Nearly 700 (rockets) were thrown into Israeli territory, many victims and injuries, and four deaths, all resulting from the loss of deterrence, end up with a greater surrender to the extortion of Hamas and terrorist organizations," he said on Twitter. "Everything the government did, once again, is to delay the next campaign."
"We hope that if hostilities are renewed, the response will be serious and if calm is maintained, it will be used to promote a genuine political process that will lead to the return of the bodies of our dead and missing and to guarantee long-term stability." Gantz.
The Blue and White leader also sent his condolences to families who lost loved ones during the violence and wished the injured a full recovery.
The Likud MK Gideon Sa'ar also criticized Netanyahu's decision. He tweeted that "the ceasefire, in the circumstances in which it was achieved, is not an achievement for Israel."
He said that "the time between each of the violent attacks against Israel and its citizens is getting shorter, and the terrorist organizations in Gaza are getting stronger."

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After his comments, sources in the Likud said that Sa'ar "only wants to bring down Netanyahu."
Number two blue and white, Yair Lapid, said Netanyahu is using the residents of the south as a bulletproof jacket "on the way to total surrender to Hamas."
"Netanyahu will not solve the problem in Gaza," he wrote on Twitter. "He does not have the political and operational courage to do it, the least he has to do is explain the situation to the citizens of Israel, but even that, he does not have the courage to do it."
Labor leader Avi Gabbay welcomed the ceasefire. However, he said that Netanyahu has strengthened Hamas, and has also begun to strengthen Islamic Jihad.
"After 20 years, Netanyahu has strengthened Hamas: the liberation of the (assassinated Hamas leader Ahmed) Yassin, the Shalit agreement, the Qatari money and more," he said. "This year, it also began to strengthen Islamic Jihad, which was established for negotiations in Cairo as an equal partner, without a long-term political solution."
He added that "the next round (of violence) is only a matter of time."
The mayor of Sderot, Alon Davidi, said the ceasefire was a "serious mistake".
"We (the residents of the south) are in a difficult situation … because our values ​​have been confused," he said. "The soldiers must be at the front and not the civilians, we finally see that it is possible to go back to the policy of murders, and I am happy that it happened, (even if only) yesterday."
However, Likud MK Avi Dichter said that "Hamas and Islamic Jihad understand very well the price they are paying … Hamas has seen very well what has been happening … in recent days, especially in the last 24 hours when the IDF has intensified its attacks. "

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