U.S. ASSURES PA THAT ISRAEL WON'T INVADE GAZA
GAZA CITY [MENL] -- The United States has assured the Palestinian Authority that Israel would not invade the Gaza Strip.
PA sources said the State Department sent a message to the PA that the Israeli military was ordered not to conduct large-scale operations in the Gaza Strip. The sources said the military restraint came in wake of U.S. warnings to the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
"We've received assurances from the highest levels in the U.S. government that Israel would not launch a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip," a PA source said.
The U.S. assurances were relayed to the PA amid military pressure on the Israeli government to invade the Gaza Strip. The military has warned that only an Israeli ground operation could reduce Palestinian missile strikes from the Gaza Strip.
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