Security cabinet said to OK major response if Gaza rocket fire continues

The security cabinet has authorized a major military response in case Palestinian terrorists in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip again fire rockets at Israel this evening, according to Hebrew media reports.

Ministers voted to allow Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz to order the military response at a time of their choosing.

“The ball is Hamas’ hands. There is no desire on Israel’s part for an escalation, but we are prepared in case the [rocket] fire continues,” unnamed senior officials tell the Ynet news site.

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