Israeli military and civilian leadership are locked in a debate at the highest levels about what next steps to take in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the discussion.
The options reportedly include expanding the ongoing military operation into the southern part of the Palestinian enclave or reaching an interim deal with the Hamas militant group, exchanging at least some Israeli hostages for a pause in hostilities or the release of Palestinian prisoners.
According to the newspaper, even the possibility that Israel and Hamas might be close to some sort of deal may currently be slowing the push into southern Gaza.
Israel cannot continue on this path. Their soldiers cannot fight in those tunnels under Gaza.