Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce to cease rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce

A senior Egyptian security official confirmed a truce has been secured between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza. (Reuters)

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Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce to cease rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce: Egypt official

Source: Reuters, 3-12-12

Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce to end four days of cross-border violence in which 25 Palestinians have been killed, a senior Egyptian security official told Reuters on Tuesday.

The official said in a telephone call from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to end the current operations”, with Israel giving an unusual undertaking to “stop assassinations”, and an overall agreement “to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm”.

The agreement was expected to take effect at 1 a.m. local time (2300 GMT). There was no immediate comment from either side on the agreement. Previous ceasefire deals after earlier rounds of fighting have often got off to a shaky start….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: IDF official: Army ready for ground operations in Gaza — Iran behind Southern Israel rocket attacks

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IDF official: Army ready for ground op in Gaza

Iran encouraging Islamic Jihad to fire rockets at Israel, escalation could prompt ground incursion, senior officer says. IDF hasn’t used all measures at its disposal, he says

Source: YNet News, 3-12-12

Is Gaza war in cards? The current round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups could prompt Israel to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF official said Monday.

The comments were made as Gaza terror groups continued to shell southern Israel communities with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday.

Two such rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Ashkelon Monday evening. Military officials said the advanced system shot down 85% of the rockets fired from Gaza in the past four days. Meanwhile, the IDF struck several targets in Gaza, killing at least two terrorists Monday night.

The official said that Iran and the Islamic Jihad’s headquarters in Damascus “are encouraging the terrorist organization to continue the current round of rocket fire until they obtain a significant gain.”

The recent escalation in Israel’s south, which has seen more than a million residents come under heavy rocket fire, has already been described by the IDF as “unprecedented in scope.” According to the senior officer, there is “no end in sight” to the current round of fighting.

“The IDF is prepared for any development, including a situation where we are forced to launch a ground operation,” the IDF official said. “We have everything we need and are ready to step it up if needed. There are many measures that we haven’t employed yet.”

“There is no effective control in Gaza, and no clear distinction between the political and military wings of Hamas… we are prepared to turn it up a notch,” he said….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech / Remarks at the Knesset about Gaza rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks earlier today (Monday), 12.3.12, at the Knesset:

… “The IDF is continuing to – strongly and decisively – attack the terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Whoever intends to harm our citizens – we will strike at him. The winning combination is that of crushing offensive capabilities, i.e. the ability of the IDF and its operations to attack the terrorists wherever they are, important defensive measures and – of course – the resilience of the citizens in the south. This combination of three things – offensive ability, defensive ability and civic resilience – allows us to accurately and painfully strike at terrorism. Yesterday, I met with 30 southern council heads. The backing and the understanding that I received are an example for leadership that is tested in moments such as these. The IDF is ready to expand its operations and continue them as necessary.”

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