Israel to Hit Hamas With ‘Great Force’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he will hit Hamas with "great force" in response to the group's rejection of Egypt’s proposed cease-fire. "It would have been preferable to have solved this diplomatically, and this is what we tried to do when we accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks. “But Hamas leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it.” Although Israel accepted the cease-fire, Hamas responded by firing rockets, which killed a 38-year-old Israeli. Netanyahu also announced that he fired his deputy defense minister on Tuesday.