Netanyahu convened his Security Cabinet on Wednesday to summarize the newest round of violence between Israel and Gaza.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Wednesday that Israel has the upper hand in Gaza as the latest round of violence comes to an end.

Netanyahu’s remarks came amid claims by some government ministers that Israel hadn’t hit Hamas strongly enough and should have occupied the Gaza Strip. Earlier on Wednesday, Netanyahu said the IDF had delivered “the toughest blow in years” on Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. 

A senior security official who attended the Cabinet meeting stressed that the IDF’s attack was proportionate and cost the terrorist groups a heavy price. “We achieved calm, and we did so in less than 24 hours,” he said. “We strongly reject ministers’ claims that we didn’t hit hard enough or that our targets weren’t ‘high-quality’ enough.”

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot briefed the Cabinet on the IDF’s achievements and said terror groups in Gaza had suffered a major blow. He added that Israel had successfully prevented Iran from dragging the IDF into a full-blown war in Gaza as a way of diverting it from dealing with the Syrian front.

It was also mentioned in the meeting that Israel had not signed a ceasefire agreement and that the current respite is the result of the massive Israeli strike as well as pressure from Egypt.