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Israel's PM Netanyahu Holds Crucial Security Discussions Amid Gaza Concerns

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Shivani Chauhan
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Israel's PM Netanyahu Holds Crucial Security Discussions Amid Gaza Concerns

In an unfolding tableau of geopolitical tensions, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has conducted security consultations via telephone with Israel's most pivotal defense officials. This consultation included the Minister of Defense, the head of the Mossad - the national intelligence agency, and the chief of the Shin Bet - the Israel Security Agency or Shabak. This event underscores the gravity of the ongoing security concerns associated with Gaza.

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High-Level Consultations Amid Security Concerns

These consultations with high-ranking officials suggest that discussions could revolve around sensitive intelligence matters, security operations, or strategic responses. Netanyahu's emphasis on the need for strategic decision-making by the war cabinet calls for unity and focus on both the southern and northern fronts. He also called for a thorough inquiry into the fatal shooting of a civilian who intervened in a Jerusalem shooting attack, an incident claimed by Hamas, leading Israel to cite it as a violation of the pause in hostilities.

Expansion of Ground Operations in Gaza

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As the situation continues to remain tense, Israel has expanded its ground operations in the Gaza Strip, resuming and intensifying operations against Hamas strongholds. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have launched forceful strikes against any threats posed against its territory. The IDF confirmed that fighter jets and helicopters struck targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, including tunnel shafts, command centers, and weapons storage facilities.

Pressures and Responses in the Wake of Hostilities

The US and the UK have increased pressure on Israel to take extra measures to protect civilians. The UK has even decided to fly surveillance aircraft over Gaza to help locate hostages taken by Hamas. The head of Israel's domestic security agency, Shin Bet, emphasized that Israel would hunt down Hamas in Lebanon, Turkey, and Qatar even if it takes years, much like their response to the 1972 killing of 11 Israeli Olympic team members by Black September operatives. The Israel-Hamas war is now nearing two months, with an estimated 15,000 people killed and over 41,000 wounded by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. In Israel, at least 1,200 people have been killed and 6,900 others have been injured by Hamas and other Palestinian militants.

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