PM: Israel to keep up Gaza assault as long as necessary

Tel Aviv - Israel will keep up its military campaign in the Gaza Strip for as long as needed and with as much force as necessary, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

And he said that all options were "on the table" to achieve that mission.

"From the beginning, we promised to return the quiet to Israel's citizens and we will continue to act until that aim is achieved. We will take as much time as necessary, and will exert as much force as needed," he said in a public address.

"All options are on the table to return peace to the citizens of Israel."

He also pledged to do whatever necessary to bring home 23-year-old soldier Hadar Goldin, who Israel believes was captured by Palestinian militants during an ambush in southern Gaza early on Friday.

"Israel will continue to make every effort to bring its missing sons home," he pledged in remarks made just after the missing soldier's mother made an emotional appeal demanding there be no troop withdrawal until her son is found.

He said troops would complete the mission of destroying a complex network of tunnels used by militants to infiltrate southern Israel before deciding on its next security objectives.

"After the completion of our activity against the tunnels, the IDF [army] will prepare to continue our activities according to security needs, and only according to our security needs, until we achieve the objective of returning security to the citizens of Israel," he said.

Aweh Mense 2014/08/02 10:37:55 PM
As long as America funds and supplies the weapons you won't stop ....
Peter Roy Logan 2014/08/02 10:49:26 PM
Go Israel go!
Renegade 2014/08/02 10:59:24 PM
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:00:34 PM
What about the murdering of innocent civilians in Gaza....? Who should stand up for them..?
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:04:46 PM
"With as much force as needed????" I have just seen a young boys leg being bombed off.. is that the force he speaks about!!! The force he continues to use against innocent ppl and young kids! Shame on U PM!!!
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:08:36 PM
They can try but they will never suceed.. they will never kill their courageous spirit.. no matter how many they kill.. the truth will prevail!
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:12:02 PM
Sorry wehr wulf but Gaza will never die....!!
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:14:01 PM
If it makes you happy.. then say watever u Suits u.. I will continue to dream.. for dreams do come true!!
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:36:46 PM
WHILE I understand your point.. I dont agree with the force being used by israel.. it is way toooo harsh!!! If u after hamaas.. go in n get them yourselves. Without causing destruction wherever you go!!! It has to end!!
Matthew Patrick 2014/08/02 11:37:27 PM
Israel is not interested in peace. They are flexing their muscle against a faceless enemy that purports to be the true voice of Palestine but has an agenda separate from the Palestinian people. They also hide underneath civilian areas so they can tell the world that Israel is bombing civilians. Netanyahu is aware of both facts but carries on like a small boy with his pants down challenging other boys to compare penis size. It's really childish and they are just provoking all other anti-Israeli terrorist groups to a more epic retaliation. The more attacks he launches on Gaza the more he endangers his own people.