Israel: We're 'Ready for a Ground Operation'
Hamas rep says peace talks have failed
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2012 4:29 PM CST
A Palestinian man hides during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

(Newser) – With Israeli air strikes raining down on Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he would only stop the attacks if Hamas halted its rocket fire, Ynet News reports. Netanyahu added that Israel is looking for "a way to meet the operation's objectives without a ground offensive," but otherwise is "ready for a ground operation." In other updates:

  • Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said all efforts at a ceasefire have failed, the Jerusalem Post reports. But another Hamas rep told Al Jazeera that talks were 90% of the way along. Egypt was trying to broker the ceasefire while hosting an Israeli delegation in Cairo for the talks, Reuters reports.

  • Only 75 rockets landed in Israel from Gaza today, down from an average of 230 rockets per day, Haaretz reports. One rocket barrage hit a house in Israel but caused no injuries, reports Ynet News, and Tel Aviv's "Iron Dome" missile defense system repelled two more rockets, reports the Jerusalem Post.
  • At least 26 people died in Gaza from Israeli bombardments today, bringing the total to 72 since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defence on Wednesday, the BBC reports. With air strikes ongoing, Israel also renewed shelling from its warships tonight.
  • Hackers have struck Israeli websites more than 44 million times since the latest fighting erupted, NBC News reports. But only one attempt was successful, and that for just 10 minutes, said an Israeli official.
  • The US and Britain defended Israel's right to defend itself, but warned that a ground war would be dangerous for Israeli soldiers and Gaza civilians, the AP reports. If Israel can stop Gaza's rocket attacks "without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that's preferable," said President Obama.

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jgarbuz
Nov 20, 2012 6:02 PM CST
It takes a village idiot to come to Israel and tell it what it must do to defend itself, or not. Thankfully, her term as sec'y of state will soon come to an end, inshallah!
madamerican
Nov 20, 2012 1:48 PM CST
Gmcft, there is no sense trying too reason with news junk! He ,she or it is hopeless ! All she ,he or it can do is fall back on a arsenal of names and labels! It,she or he realy needs too consider getting some professional help!He ,she or it,s brain checked out a long time ago!!
OuttaHere
Nov 19, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Bibi has a very satanic look about him, just missing the red eye.