Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza campaign: PM

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday his country must prepare for a protracted conflict in the Gaza Strip, squashing any hopes of a swift end to fighting that has already cost more than 1,000 lives.

In a televised address, a grim-faced Netanyahu said that any solution to the crisis would require the demilitarisation of the Palestinian territory, which is controlled by Hamas Islamists and their militant allies.

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