Netanyahu: Goal of campaign is to ‘maximize’ Israel’s period of calm

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The goal of the Israeli assault against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip is “to maximize the period of quiet and calm that Israel can gain against this foe,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We are trying to degrade their capabilities, their terror capabilities, and to degrade their will,” Netanyahu told about 70 foreign diplomats at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv. He said “periodic battles” erupt, the last of which occurred in 2014, and that a complete Israeli military conquest of the coastal territory was not ruled out. “There are only two ways that you can deal with them: Yo…

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