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Col Richard Kemp: Israeli troops 'mean business'

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There's still no sign of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

Air strikes and rocket attacks have continued overnight, parts of Gaza are now without power and another 20 Palestinians were reported to have been killed yesterday.

Israel says one of its soldiers and a civilian have been killed by the ongoing rocket attacks.

Speaking to the Today programme, Yossi Mekelberg, associate fellow in middle east affairs at Chatham House, said: "I think the good news that negotiations are going on and they didn't break down completely last night during the violence.

"I think they want to go beyond just temporary ceasefire because I think they realised that we are going to see this again and again because they're not dealing with the route cause of the problem."

Col Richard Kemp, senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), explained: "I've seen the mobilisation around the Gaza border and there's no question that the Israelis mean business here.

"Having said that, I've spoken extensively to senior government officials and miltary commanders and there's a real reluctance to do that, they know that this would cause them huge problems."


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