Haaretz reports: A senior government official in Jerusalem said during a press briefing late Wednesday that Israel is preparing for “a significant expansion of the operation, including a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip, and summoning the reservists.”
The official said that until now, the operation has already achieved several goals, including severe damage to Hamas’ long-range Fajr missiles, which can reach Tel Aviv and the Gush Dan area.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone Wednesday with U.S. President Obama adn thanks him for hi support. “I appreciate you backing Israel’s right to defend itself,” Netanyahu told Obama. The prime minister also spoke with Vice President Joe Biden and EU foreign policy chief Catherine AshtonCatherine Ashton. Netanyahu is also expected to speak with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. “The prime minister will continue diplomatic efforts and explain that Israel will operate to change the reality in the Gaza Strip and to stop the fire,” the official said.