Israel assessing if conditions right for ceasefire: military source

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Israel assessing if conditions right for ceasefire: military source
Palestinian protesters confront Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank on May 18, 2021, during a demonstration in support of those under bombardment in Gaza. Palestinians across the West Bank and in east Jerusalem and Arab districts in Israel were largely adhering to a general strike today in protest against Israeli occupation and in support of Gaza inhabitants.
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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel is assessing whether conditions are right to halt its air campaign against Palestinian militants in Gaza but is preparing for "more days" of strikes if necessary, an Israeli military source said Wednesday. 

"We are looking at when is the right moment for a ceasefire," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

The source added that Israel was evaluating whether its objective of degrading the fighting capacity of Gaza's Hamas rulers had been achieved.

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"The question is whether Hamas understands the message" that its rocket barrages towards Israel cannot recur, added the source. 

Israel's massive bombardment of Gaza began on May 10, shortly after Hamas launched rockets towards Jerusalem in response to actions by Israeli police at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site. 

The military official said Israel had decided to go beyond narrow retaliation in its response to the Hamas rocket fire.

"We took it as an opportunity to reduce Hamas's capacity," the source said.  






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