State orders massive call-up of 40,000 reserves; Netanyahu: gloves are off

Israeli soldiers stand next to Merkava tanks positioned on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on July 7, 2014. ( photo credit: AFP/JACK GUEZ)

Israeli soldiers stand next to Merkava tanks positioned on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on July 7, 2014. ( photo credit: AFP/JACK GUEZ)

Several Gazans killed in strike on Hamas member’s home, raising death toll; two Israelis injured by rockets; Hamas says it hopes Israel invades; defense minister warns conflict won’t be short; Obama calls for restraint

(SOURCE)   Israel launched a major operation against Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, following heavy Hamas rocket fire over the preceding days. The fast-escalating situation in the south comes in the shadow of spiking Jewish-Arab tensions in Israel over the brutal killings of four teenagers — three Jews and one Arab — by extremists. Stay with The Times of Israel’s liveblog for updates throughout the day.

Herzog says, talk peace even in days of war

Israelis must consider ways to reach peace with the Palestinians even in days of national hardship, opposition head MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) says, defending his appearance at a conference sponsored by Haaretz.

“If I were Israel’s prime minister, I would deal a very heavy blow to Hamas, and then drive to Ramallah, enter the Muqata and continue to talk with Abu Mazen,” he says, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “I would put a deal on the table.”

“Zero tolerance for terror, zero tolerance for missiles,” he adds.

Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog speaks during a faction meeting in the Knesset on December 23, 2013. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Now is indeed the time to hit Hamas and to restore Israeli deterrence, Herzog says, but Israel should look to build alliances with moderate states in the region to fend off the threat of Islamist extremists. As the United States gradually reduces its involvement in the Middle East, countries such as Jordan and Turkey, but also the Palestinian Authority, “are our partners for a historical process,” he says.

“There is a partner for peace. He’s not easy, he’s difficult, he’s annoying,” Herzog says, referring to Abbas. “But he’s our partner. We need to look him in the eyes and talk to him and understand his distress so that he will understand our distress.”

Israel’s greatest challenge is not the “tactical threat that exists currently because of Hamas,” but rather the strategic threat that looms for Israel if it fails to remain a Jewish and democratic state by implementing a two-state solution.

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2 thoughts on “State orders massive call-up of 40,000 reserves; Netanyahu: gloves are off

  1. Our prayers are needed for this volatile area. Especially for Israel.
    Father in Heaven hear our prayers, protect your own. Israel and their right to live. Give each government a level head, wisdom to think rationally. Above all let Thy will be done, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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