Israel prepares ground for military operation in Gaza: PLO official 2010-12-23 19:14:00
GAZA, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) — Israel has been preparing the ground for a new military operation in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Thursday, following Israeli fire injured two people in northern Gaza.

“Israel is preparing the internal and international opinion using the same scenario” as during the Operation Cast Lead nearly two years ago, said Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Israel claims that Gaza is a source of threat to its security, and tries to promote “these claims” locally and globally, he said, noting “this proves there is a planned intention to wage a wide aggression on Gaza.”

Meanwhile, Palestinian militants recently fire more mortar shells from Gaza into Israel, despite attempts by the territory’s Hamas rulers to enforce the shaky ceasefire.

In the three-week Operation Cast Lead, about 1,400 Palestinians were killed and thousands of houses were destroyed. Israel said the operation, the largest since the 1967 six-day Arab-Israeli war, meant to deter the Hamas and militant groups from firing rockets.

Majdalani said Israel tries to strike efforts aimed at making progress on the Israeli-Palestinian stalled peace talks. He added “Israel also wants to remind Hamas about the deterrence” it achieved after the offensive.

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