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Official: Israel ready for Gaza invasion, prefers diplomatic solution

Nov. 19, 2012 1:39 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 19, 2012 1:40 P.M.)
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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