Israeli defence minister – all objectives achieved

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Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has said the Israeli air campaign in Gaza followed plans that had been “prepared for years and months” and that its intensity “surprised” Hamas militants. All operational objectives were achieved, he says.

“The military action is over. Now is the time for political action,” he said, adding that there needed to be long-term quiet along the Israel-Gaza border.

The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, Nadav Argaman, said the Gaza operation “was not like the others”, and that it could be “reality-changing”.

“The rules of the game have changed,” the Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying. “Hamas before this operation is not like Hamas the day after.”

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