Israel ready for operation against Gaza if necessary, says Netanyahu

Israel ready for operation against Gaza if necessary, says Netanyahu


Israel is ready to carry out a major military operation in the Gaza Strip if necessary, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday after two days of cross-border clashes that have put his political agenda back on the map. safe.

In Gaza, a large demonstration is scheduled for Saturday along the border with Israel on the first anniversary of the weekly protest rallies in which Israeli forces killed nearly 200 Palestinians, according to Gazan health services.

“Every Israeli must know that if a large operation is necessary, we will forcefully engage in it, after exhausting all other possibilities,” said Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited the Strip on Thursday. Gaza and met senior IDF officials, within two weeks of the April 9 legislative elections.

Security is the major theme of Netanyahu’s election campaign. Worried by accusations of corruption that he categorically rejects, the Prime Minister is facing a vote whose outcome may be tight, given the rise of a centrist coalition, called Blue and White and led by the former General Benny Gantz.

Israeli forces conducted air raids, troop and armor reinforcements near the Gaza Strip border following rocket fire that injured seven residents of an Israeli village north of Tel Aviv on Monday. .

The firing of rockets against the locality of Mishmeret led Benjamin Netanyahu to shorten his visit to the United States. Twelve Palestinians were wounded in Israel’s retaliatory raids, according to Gaza doctors.

“The army will resort to the use of force against those who will seek to confront our troops,” Israeli Defense Minister Arye Deri told army radio.

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