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Israeli general hints at another Gaza campaign

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(Read caption) A Palestinian man watches the funeral of militant Momen Abu Daf on Friday. Abu Daf was killed in an Israeli airstrike, who accuse him of being the leader of an Al Qaeda affiliate and masterminding rocket attacks on Israel.

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A retaliatory Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian militant today amid a gradual resurgence of fire across the Israel-Gaza border that has prompted discussions in Israel about an effort to reestablish "deterrence."

This week marks the third anniversary of the swift, devastating 2008-09 Israeli incursion into Gaza that was intended to cow Hamas into ending its rocket campaign in southern Israel. Although the ceasefire that ended Operation Cast Lead has largely held, there has been occasional fire, including this week.

On Dec. 28, Israel killed one Islamic Jihad operative and wounded 10 "global Jihad operatives" in two strikes, Haaretz reports. The following day, Gazan militants launched four rockets into southern Israel's Negev desert, causing no injuries.

The head of Israel's Southern Brigade said yesterday that preparations for another "large-scale" Israeli incursion into Gaza are underway "to renew our deterrence," Haaretz reports.

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