An Israeli army U.S. made self-propelled howitzer 155m cannon fires a shell from the Israel-Gaza border into the Gaza Strip July 18, 2014. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday of bolstering his ground assault on Gaza in what commentators said was part of a strategy to pressure Hamas into a truce.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated publicly that he believes Israel must re-occupy the entire Gaza Strip, from which it pulled out all troops and settlers in 2005 .Commentators said Israel would not seek to overthrow Hamas for fear of what would replace it.Netanyahu said he had only ordered the troops in after attempts to reach a cease-fire had failed.Israel Hayom, a free sheet considered close to Netanyahu, said the prime minister had not yet given up on the hope of reaching an eventual cease-fire.
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