Netanyahu tells Israeli military to prepare for ‘broadening’ of Gaza invasion

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he has ordered Israel’s military to prepare for “a significant expansion” of its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, declaring that tunnels built by Hamas could not be destroyed solely through airstrikes.

Speaking at the opening of a specially convened cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said Israel chose to launch a ground offensive after exhausting other options and realizing that “without action, the price that we would pay would be much greater.”