Israel’s political leadership has reportedly instructed the army to prepare for a military offensive in the Gaza Strip, to be initiated if the launching of incendiary devices from the Hamas-run coastal enclave into Israeli territory continues. According to a Channel 10 news report Tuesday, Israel has set Friday as a deadline for the flaming kite and balloon launches to cease.

If this does not happen, Israel may decide it has no choice but to embark on a military campaign in the Strip, the report said. Israel sent a similar message to Hamas through Egyptian intelligence, Channel 10 reported, with the Palestinian terror group, in turn, indicating its forces will work to stop the launching of burning materials by Friday. READ MORE