Netanyahu Warns Hamas of 'Intolerable' Consequences
But Israeli TV reports troop drawdown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2014 3:00 PM CDT
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)

(Newser) – Israel's prime minister has warned Hamas that it will "pay an intolerable price" if it continues to fire rockets at Israel and that Israeli troops will operate as long as necessary to restore calm for Israeli citizens. Benjamin Netanyahu also suggested in televised remarks today that the Israeli military will reassess its Gaza operation once troops complete the demolition of Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border.

Still, Israeli TV stations have reported that some troops have already pulled out of Gaza, Reuters notes. Meanwhile, both sides have continued shelling, and the death toll in Gaza has passed 1,650, according to Palestinian officials. Israel has accused Hamas and militant allies of kidnapping a soldier, Hadar Goldin; Netanyahu says Israel "will do everything to bring our kidnapped soldier home," CNN reports.

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Aug 3, 2014 8:49 PM CDT
No where near enough of those palestinian scumbags have been killed to stop this offensive. Mr. Netanyahu, you said that the U.S. shouldn't bother you with foreign policy. So why are you now being bullied by the biggest wussy America has EVER known?
Aug 3, 2014 11:24 AM CDT
"...death toll in Gaza has passed 1,650, according to Palestinian officials." Yeah, like Hamas is a believable source. This is the same group that has faked funerals, padded casualty numbers and used every subterfuge they could think of, including a complicit press, to put pressure on Israel. These casualty figures are not verified by any outside source and are orgasmically repeated by the mainstream press every day. When the ACTUAL numbers of casualties are finally determined, they will (as has been the historical norm) be significantly lower. Those numbers however will never see the light of day from the Liberal press.
Aug 3, 2014 10:42 AM CDT
Israel is a terrorist group of Zionists who manage to pull the wool over everyone's eyes with the help of there tribal members in the English speaking press. Albert Einstein was so appalled in 1948, he wrote a letter to the NY Times warning the world of Israel's awful intentions and sinister plan for world domination. They want the entire region and the oil to hold us all captive.