El gobierno de Israel está profundamente dividido sobre el futuro y consecuencias de la campaña de Gaza.
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Tzipi Livni, ministra de asuntos exteriores, teme el riesgo de una catástrofe diplomática. Ehud Barak, ministro de la defensa, teme los riesgos militares y humanitarios crecientes. Ehud Olmert, primer ministro, es partidario de continuar las operaciones militares…
[ .. ] Sources close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert confirmed that he continues to disagree with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni regarding the question of continuing the warfare in Gaza. The so-called troika met last evening to discuss the subject, and both Barak and Livni reportedly argued for ending Operation Cast Lead as soon as possible. This is apparently the reason Olmert wants to present the issue to the security cabinet, where the majority supports his view.
Livni contends that continuing the offensive could harm the deterrence it has achieved so far and damage Israel diplomatically. Barak objects mainly to inserting ground troops deep into densely populated areas of Gaza. For his part, Olmert told the full cabinet Sunday that stopping Operation Cast Lead now would be a missed opportunity. [Haaretz, 13 enero 09. Barak and Livni disagree with Olmert, want quick end to Gaza fighting].