Israel not ruling out further escalation ~ Netanyahu
Israeli Prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is pursuing “forceful deterrence” against Gaza’s Hamas rulers, but does not rule out a further escalation.
In a meeting with foreign ambassadors, he said “you can either conquer them, and that’s always an open possibility, or you can deter them.”
Netanyahu said Israel hopes to restore quiet “quickly” and is doing everything it can to avoid civilian casualties.
Benjamin made the above point during a briefing with more than 70 foreign ambassadors and diplomatic representatives in Tel Aviv, together with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.
The briefing was attended by diplomats, including from the US, the EU, Russia, China, India, Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada and Italy