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Hamas has prepared for a large-scale Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip
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The entry into Nablus was conducted after there were warnings about plans by a joint Hamas-Popular Front cell to carry out a large-scale combined terror attacks
One Israeli soldier, Givati Infantry Brigade Staff Sergeant Arbel Raich, 21, was killed and two were lightly wounded overnight Wednesday in an exchange of fire with armed Palestinians at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) el-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, as Israeli troops were dispatched to locate smuggling tunnels.
Over the weekend, during operational activity in the Beit Hanoun region of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army infantry's crack Givati Brigade reconnaissance unit troops discovered eight Kassam rocket launchers equipped with stopwatches, one of them ready for launching.
A Jordanian newspaper reported on Sunday that the United States plans to deploy an international force in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, in addition to Gaza, in order to "keep the peace and build the Palestinian state." The paper said it has all the details of the American plan.
The Israeli forces, including reserves, have trained and are positioned for the Gaza invasion. Yet as preparations near completion, top Israeli policymakers assess that the diplomatic damage that will occur as a result will not serve Israel's interests.