Tel Aviv, Dhul Hijja 28, 1433 / November 13, 2012 (MINA/MEMO) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with 50 foreign ambassadors to brief them on the recent violence in the Gaza Strip and rally international support for a possible ground operation in the coastal enclave.
“He wants to make sure that the international community will understand the reasons if Israel is forced to act,” a government official said on Monday ahead of the meeting.
The official added that the premier intends to tell the envoys that “no country in the world would tolerate the current situation, in which dozens of rockets and missiles are continuously being fired at our civilian population.”
During the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said that Israel was ready to intensify its actions against the Gaza Strip.
Six Palestinians have been killed and dozens more wounded in the latest round of attacks carried out by the Israeli regime on the besieged strip.
An Israeli warplane pounded an area near the northern town of Jabaliya in Gaza during the early hours of Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man, identified as Mohammed Shwikani, and injuring two others, medical sources said.
Another young Palestinian man, named Mohammed Abed, was also killed in another airstrike east of the city.
In addition, Israeli tank fire on Saturday killed four Palestinians and wounded over 30 others in Gaza.
Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak has also hinted at a possible incursion into Gaza.
“If we are forced to go back into Gaza in order to deal Hamas a [serious] blow and restore security for all of Israel’s citizens, then we will not hesitate to do so,” he said.