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Official: Israel ready for Gaza invasion, prefers diplomatic solution
Published Monday 19/11/2012 (updated) 19/11/2012 13:40
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel is ready for a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip but prefers a diplomatic solution, a senior official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

"We would prefer to see a diplomatic solution that would guarantee the peace for Israel's population in the south. If that is possible, then a ground operation would no longer be required," the official told Reuters. "But if diplomacy fails, we may well have no alternative but to send in ground forces."
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