UPDATE: So I was off by one day; I predicted Sunday but the IAF went in Saturday.
According to defense sources, the Israeli cabinet has given the IDF a green light to attack Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip following the end of the ceasefire last week. On Wednesday, Hamas and other Palestinian groups fired some 80 rockets into Southern Israel, causing no injuries but extensive damage.
The defense establishment is not keen for a full ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, preferring instead to rely on a series of measures starting with air attacks on Hamas military installations and senior personnel.
However, for this to be possible, the Israel Air Force needs clearer skies than the cloudy and rainy conditions currently prevailing across the country. It has been raining since Tuesday night in various parts of the country, with heavy cloud cover throughout.
AP reports: Defense officials, speaking on condition on anonymity because they were not permitted to discuss the plans, said the Israeli operation would likely begin with surgical airstrikes against rocket launchers and continue with a land incursion. Current weather conditions are hampering visibility and complicating air force missions, so the operation won’t be launched until the skies clear, they added.
So, while the decision to act against Hamas has been taken, the timing of the start of operations depends largely on the weather.
So here is the weather report for the coming days from the Israel Meteorological Institute:
Forecast for today and tonight:
Local rain from northern Israel to northern Negev. The rain will weaken in the afternoon. The temperatures will be below the average for this time of the year.
26/12 Partly cloudy to clear with a slight rise in temperatures but still cooler than usual for the season.
27/12 Clear to partly cloudy with an additional rise in temperatures.
28/12 Clear with no significant change in temperatures.
Forecast Highs says keep an eye on Sunday.