Israel warns of possible Gaza ground operation as Hamas vows to defend itself

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By Mick Krever, CNN

An Israeli ground operation into Gaza “might become necessary,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Tuesday.

On the same day, Hamas Foreign Policy Spokesman Osama Hamdan vowed that Palestinians would defend themselves against any “attacks.”

“If the Israelis continue their attacks, the Palestinian people will defend themselves. Not only Hamas – all the Palestinians,” Hamdan told Holmes.

“If Israel stops and there was a clear ceasefire, the Palestinians will deal with that. Without this, there is no chance for the Palestinians to live under the Israeli attack without acting against that attack.”

Steinitz, of course, echoed this point from the Israeli side, citing the rockets militants fire from Gaza into Israel.

“There is some crazy people on both sides, but the symmetry you are trying to depict is totally wrong,” Steinitz told Holmes.

Tensions between Israel and Hamas…

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