Israel: We Will Destroy Tunnels

As Netanyahu calls up 16K more reservists in 24-day-old conflict

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 31, 2014 7:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu today vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnels at all costs, even as Israel called up an additional 16,000 reservists—bringing the total so far to 86,000 troops. "We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," he said of the tunnels' destruction, as per Haaretz. "Therefore I will not agree to any offer that does not allow the military to complete this important mission for the security of the people of Israel." He also issued a get-in-line message to two ministers who have been critical of his actions against Hamas, saying "beware of what you're doing." Netanyahu's statement vis a vis the tunnels comes as ceasefire efforts are sputtering anyway, notes the AP, and on the heels of the worst day of casualties thus far in Gaza.

Palestinian Heygar Jendiyah points to where the kitchen once stood, partially destroyed by an Israeli strike earlier, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Palestinian Heygar Jendiyah points to where the kitchen once stood, partially destroyed by an Israeli strike earlier, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Abdel Aziz Jendiyah, 4, walks past a building, destroyed by an Israeli strike, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Abdel Aziz Jendiyah, 4, walks past a building, destroyed by an Israeli strike, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect damages of their home following an Israeli strike that hit Hamas' Al-Aqsa satellite TV station in Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Palestinians inspect damages of their home following an Israeli strike that hit Hamas' Al-Aqsa satellite TV station in Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, pool)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, pool)
Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, pool)
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