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Netanyahu under pressure for a large military operation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces demands by his coalition partners for a strong reaction to the Gaza rocket fire, while the international community will surely refrain from backing him on a large-scale military operation.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3XBCD

Initiated by Akiva Eldar, our colleague from Al-Monitor, and organized by the Israeli daily Haaretz, the “Israel Conference on Peace” opened the morning of July 8.

In honor of the event, the newspaper published a special column written by US President Barack Obama. “Peace is necessary, just, and possible,” he wrote. “True safety will only come with a comprehensive negotiated settlement,” he asserted. The American president dispatched his Middle East adviser, Phil Gordon, to the Haaretz-sponsored conference.

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