Defense minister warns of escalation in Gaza

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday that Israel must prepare for an escalation of the situation in Gaza and warned a large-scale ground incursion was no longer just a theory. "We are not afraid of taking such a step," Barak said.


The defense minister said that Israel would strike at those responsible for the attacks and vowed that Hamas would pay for its actions. (Hanan Greenberg)