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.