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“He wants to make sure that the international community will understand the reasons if Israel is forced to act,” a government official said on Monday ahead of the meeting.
The official added that the premier intends to tell the envoys that “no country in the world would tolerate the current situation, in which dozens of rockets and missiles are continuously being fired at our civilian population.”
During the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said that Israel was ready to intensify its actions against the Gaza Strip.
Six Palestinians have been killed and dozens more wounded in the latest round of attacks carried out by the Israeli regime on the besieged strip.
An Israeli warplane pounded an area near the northern town of Jabaliya in Gaza during the early hours of Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man, identified as Mohammed Shwikani, and injuring two others, medical sources said.
Another young Palestinian man, named Mohammed Abed, was also killed in another airstrike east of the city.
In addition, Israeli tank fire on Saturday killed four Palestinians and wounded over 30 others in Gaza.
Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak has also hinted at a possible incursion into Gaza.
Western sources say Israel firing a Jericho-3 missile carrying a tactical nuclear warhead would be "sufficient to 'bury' the plant."
Cameron had ordered senior military planners to consider contingencies for a military invasion of the Middle Eastern country, but top brass “are dead set against the idea”, The Sun reported.
The report contradicts an earlier piece which quoted Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir David Richards as saying that the UK is considering contingency plans to take a full-blown military action against Syria instead of trying to organize the country’s rebel groups.
“The situation this winter I think may deteriorate and may well provoke calls to intervene in a limited way,” General Richards had told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
The Sun’s report quoted a military source as saying: “When one Brigadier heard the news Cameron wanted an armed solution his response was, ‘you and whose Army?’”
The source added: “They don’t want to get embroiled in another war when they’re already stretched beyond capacity.”
The news comes as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary William Hague are also thought to oppose military intervention in Syria.
Because, they believe, Syria is a totally different prospect to Libya since President Bashar al-Assad has formidable armed forces as well as Russian backing.
The poll of 737 respondents, conducted by the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) between Sep. 27 and Oct. 2, 2012, showed that 63 percent of respondents believe that the US should discourage Israel from attacking Iran while 33 percent said the US should encourage Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear program.
Four percent said they had no answer to the question.
The participants were also asked about the outcome of an Israeli strike on Iran by giving their opinion on: 1) Iran's possible attack on the US bases in the region and subsequent engagement of the US, and 2) possibility of sudden upsurge in international oil prices.
Seventy percent of the respondents said Iran would attack US bases in the region and drag the US into a new war, 23 percent maintained that Iran was not probable to engaged with US, and 7 percent did not answer the question.
As for the impact of Iran attack on global oil prices, 86 percent said prices would sharply rise, 9 percent said the price hike would not be remarkable, and 5 percent had no answer to the question.