BY A STAFF REPORTER: Israel's military chief says today is a new phase in the country's war against Hamas and requires a ground offensive.
"This is a war that has multiple phases," said Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces. Today we are moving to the next step. Our forces are currently operating in the Gaza Strip. These activities are specific and supported by heavy bullets. It's all about the goal of the war: destroying Hamas, securing our borders, and bringing the hostages home. The objectives of this war require a ground operation. He has no choice but to enter his territory with force to expose and destroy the enemy. "