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Israeli Leaders Step Up Rhetoric Against Iran and Hamas Proxy

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An Israeli F-15 takes part in air defence exercises at the Ovda air force base, north of Eilat. 

An Israeli F-15 takes part in air defence exercises at the Ovda air force base, north of Eilat. 

Photographer: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

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Israeli leaders stepped up aggressive rhetoric against Iran and a Palestinian proxy as a crucial domestic deadline looms.

Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers are attempting to reach a long-term truce, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that continued rocket fire from the Palestinian territory would provoke a military campaign. As frictions intensify in the Persian Gulf, Israel’s defense and foreign ministers said military action was possible to contain Iran’s military ambitions.