SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Israeli war minister Moshe Ya’alon said that the Israeli political leadership wants to end the conflict in Gaza through a political solution with the Palestinians and not to escalate it.
In remarks to Israel’s public radio on Saturday, Ya’alon stated that Israel aims at this time to reach a ceasefire agreement and not to demilitarize the Gaza Strip.
For his part, political analyst at Israel’s channel 10 Moav Vardi said that Egypt is trying hard nowadays to bring the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table once again.
He expressed his belief that Israel would deal with the Egyptian efforts positively, saying that such Israeli position was clear in the remarks that had been made by the Israeli war minister during his recent visit to settlements around Gaza.
The analyst added this week would be crucial because Israel could take other steps if it failed to resume its ceasefire talks with the Palestinians during the coming days.
Military analyst for Channel 10 Or Heller, in turn, warned that the continued firing of rockets from Gaza would prompt Israel to carry out a limited ground operation early next week.
In this regard, an Israeli political source said that Egypt would invite the Palestinians and Israelis soon to restart the ceasefire talks in Cairo.
In a related context, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel’s threats to launch a ground operation in Gaza do not scare the Palestinian resistance.
The spokesman stated in a brief press release on Saturday that the resistance in Gaza is ready to protect its people, stressing that Gaza would always remain a graveyard for all invaders.