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Israel dealt Hamas ‘a heavy blow’ and is prepared to resume offensive if need be


, Netanyahu saysBarak dismisses claims that ceasefire puts Israel at a disadvantage, says removing Hamas would keep army in Gaza for years; Gantz says IDF achieved its objectives

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, on Thursday asserted that the government had attained the goals it set out to accomplish with Operation Pillar of Defense, but was determined to resume attacks on the Gaza Strip if a tentative ceasefire reached on Wednesday unraveled.

“The IDF dealt a very heavy blow to Hamas and the other terror organizations,” Netanyahu said during a vi...