Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference in Tel Aviv, on July 15, 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference in Tel Aviv, on July 15, 2014 © Dan Balilty - Pool/AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference in Tel Aviv, on July 15, 2014
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Last updated: July 15, 2014

Israel to "expand and intensify" Gaza campaign, says Netanyahu

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Tuesday to ramp up Israel's military campaign against Gaza, after an Egyptian truce plan failed to end eight days of cross-border fire.

"This would have been better resolved diplomatically, that’s what we tried to do when we accepted the Egyptian truce proposal today," he said of the conflict which has so far resulted in 194 Palestinian and one Israeli deaths.

"But Hamas leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it," Netanyahu said.

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