Prime minister says Israel ‘close to different kind of activity’ after weekend sees deadly unrest, including breach of fence.

Prime Minister  Netanyahu on Sunday morning issued a scathing warning to Palestinian terror group Hamas, suggesting Israel could be on the brink of a wide-scale military offensive if violent riots on the Israel-Gaza border fence do not halt.

Rising border tensions peaked on Friday amid heavy rioting on the fence separating Israel from Gaza. Seven Palestinians were killed, including three who breached the border fence and ran toward IDF soldiers during the chaotic unrest.

“Hamas hasn’t understood the message,” Netanyahu told ministers and reporters at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“If they don’t stop the attacks they will be stopped in another way, which will be painful. Very painful,” he added, suggesting that Israel was on the brink of a full-blown military operation against Gaza’s rulers.

“We are very close to a different kind of activity that will include very powerful blows,” the premier threatened.

“If Hamas has any brains, it will stop.”