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        11/20/2012, Kislev 6, 5773

      Lieberman: Refrain from Ground Op Will Strengthen Hamas


      Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Foreign Ministry office in Jerusalem. At the meeting, Lieberman told the Secretary-General, "We appreciate the views of the international community which unequivocally backed Israel's right to defend itself and its citizens" and thanked the Secretary General for his efforts to bring peace and calm to the region.

      "However," Lieberman said "the talks and the public calls for Israel to refrain from ground operations only strengthens Hamas and extends the current conflict. If Israel chooses to enter Gaza via a ground operation it would not be a limited operation and would not be 'Pillar of Defense 2' but 'Operation Defensive Shield 2.'"