Invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Defense Forces is now deemed IMMINENT.
The Israeli Security Cabinet met Wednesday for many hours and when the meeting ended, even my former colleagues who provide me with Covert Intelligence could not get information. That has now changed.
The Israeli Cabinet has approved a change in the "Rules of Engagement" for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) pertaining to the weekly riots and arson/missile attacks emanating from Gaza. The new policy: ZERO TOLERANCE.
In support of the planned response, Israel is deploying Tanks and Armored Personnel Carriers (APC's) to the area surrounding the Gaza Strip. A photographer reports seeing at least 60 IDF tanks and APC’s gathered at one location on the Gaza border
The video below shows to extent to which heavy armor has been built-up. One does not move this type of equipment into the field unless one intends to use it IMMINENTLY.
The area around the Gaza Strip has now been declared a "Closed Military Zone" and is being sealed-off with large cement blocks.
New batteries of Iron Dome missile Defense systems are being hastily installed in many cities in central Israel as seen in the photo below:
There is widespread expectation by the civilian population of vast missile barrages coming from Gaza WITHIN HOURS of the publication of this story.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman presented a plan to initiate a harsh response against Hamas. At the same time, the IDF, with the encouragement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, presented another plan whereby response would be according to what was happening on the ground and only if the terrorist organizations tried to attack Israel.
Either way, events involving Israel and the Gaza Strip are believed to be "going hot" within HOURS.
All Egyptian Flags flown by homes or businesses inside Gaza, have suddenly been taken down. Not known why.
Arab media in Gaza is publicly calling for all Gazans to participate in protests Friday.
Israel is 7 hours ahead of the US east coast, and events are expected to kick-off after daily prayers later today.
Young people inside Gaza have been conducting what they call "night diversion" by burning tires, firing lasers in an effort to blind Israeli troops from seeing anything taking place inside Gaza.
Ben Gurion Airport has been ORDERED to change landing routes due to situation:
My former colleagues in the Intelligence Community have directly told me to "The people in Gaza are not backing down. The Israelis are not backing down. Today is the day. Expect war to break out later today."
These men do not generally talk this way. For them to say those words to me is an incredible thing.
Take them at their word.
Hamas denies the reports that rioters are being told to stay away from the Gaza border fence. They said the border fence will 'burn' today.
The protests officially started at 3:30 PM Israel local time (7 hours ahead of US east coast) so things are already beginning there as this update appears in the USA. Reports that 10,000 rioters are already arriving towards the Gaza border fence
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have reportedly raised their alert status to the "third degree"
***** First death being reported on the Gaza border near Khan Younis.*****
Egyptian officials are urging Hamas to immediately stop all the border marches.
IDF is setting up mobile bomb shelters near Gaza.
Large amount of explosives: IEDs, Gernades being thrown at Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border. Explosions are heard constantly.
UPDATE 11:29 AM EDT --
Over 15,000 currently rioting on the Gaza border. Over 100 grenades and IED’s have been thrown so far. Multiple infiltrations and damage to the security fence, with some IDF equipment stolen from a military position and an IDF vehicle damaged by an IED.
At least 130 Palestinians are shot as protesters storm the Israeli border, ripping down barbed wire and launching bomb-laden balloons
WRAP-UP FOR NOW:
Palestinian protesters launched flaming kites and incendiary balloons towards Israel today in a fresh outbreak of violence in Gaza which left 130 SHOT AND HUNDREDS MORE INJURED.
Thousands of Palestinians massed along the border on Friday in a protest coordinated by Hamas which saw some demonstrators breach the perimeter fence.
It came in spite of Egypt's efforts to reach a lasting cease-fire between the territory's militant Hamas rulers and Israel.
Hamas praised the turnout as a challenge to Israel, which was mulling a large-scale military response after a rocket was fired from Gaza on Wednesday and destroyed a house in southern Israel.
The previously mentioned tanks and APC's remain deployed. This weekend could unleash hell.