Updated at 8:32 a.m. ET: TEL AVIV, Israel – Israel was prepared to substantially broaden its operation in the Gaza strip, the country’s prime minister said on Sunday.
“The Israel Defense Forces have attacked more than 1,000 terror targets in the Gaza Strip,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting. “We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the Israel Defence Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation.”
He gave no specifics and made no mention of the possibility of a ground offensive.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said he fully supported Israel’s right to defend itself and called for an end to the firing of missiles into Israel by militants inside Gaza in order for a peace process to go ahead.
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