Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning Hamas that Israel will not hesitate to launch a “large-scale operation” in Gaza, as daily exchanges with terrorist groups in Palestinian territory are threatening a wider escalation.

“I’ve heard people in Gaza saying that since we’re in an election campaign, a large-scale operation is out of the question,” Netanyahu says, referring to April 9 Israeli polls.

“I’d suggest to Hamas — don’t count on it. We’ll do whatever is necessary to return peace and quiet to the Gaza border communities, and the entire south.”

Read more at Times of Israel.