IDF tanks early Saturday pounded Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after Iron Dome intercepted an incoming Palestinian rocket Friday night. A second rocket fell short inside Gaza. After conferring with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi approved a plan drawn up by the Southern Command with intelligence input for different scenarios. On Saturday, Gaza’s terrorist groups announced they had joined forces to respond instantaneously to Israel attacks on their positions. In the past week, the Palestinians launched from Gaza 17 rockets against neighboring Israeli communities. Friday saw 30 fires ignited by balloons.