Two Palestinians, a 34-year-old man and a 14-year-‎old ‎boy, were killed on Friday and 150 were wounded in a ‎riot near the Israel-Gaza Strip border, Palestinian ‎media reported over the weekend. ‎

According to the Israeli military, some 7,000 ‎Palestinians took part in border demonstrations. ‎The Israel Defense Forces opened fire to ward off rioters who threw ‎rocks and firebombs, ‎and rolled burning ‎tires at the security fence in ‎attempts to sabotage ‎it.‎

The IDF targeted a Hamas position in Gaza on Friday ‎evening after Palestinians opened fire on Israeli ‎troops patrolling the northern side of the security ‎fence. No injuries were reported in this incident.‎

Also on Friday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ‎visited Kibbutz Or Haner, some 3 kilometers (1.8 ‎miles) from Gaza. ‎

‎“If we have Color Red here, Gaza will turn deep ‎red, too,” Lieberman said, referring to the rocket warning system that operates across ‎the western Negev.‎

“We would prefer not to be dragged into war, and ‎we’re doing everything we can to avoid a large ‎operation, but the ball is not in our court. I ‎highly recommend Hamas be wise about it,” he said.‎

Commenting on the residents’ criticism that Israel’s response to ‎Hamas violence is not sufficiently forceful, ‎Lieberman said, “I think we are mounting a forceful ‎response. Do things need to go to the next level? ‎Probably, but at the end of the day, our ‎responsibility is to deal with all threats at all ‎times, to ensure the normal routine here—and ‎everywhere else.”

Channel 10 News reported that Israeli Prime Minister ‎Benjamin Netanyahu informed senior cabinet ministers ‎that a new initiative to resolve the humanitarian ‎crisis in Gaza was in the works with the aim of ‎facilitating a stable ceasefire.‎

Hadashot evening news reported that the recent ‎flare-ups on the Gaza border have prompted Lieberman ‎to propose dealing Hamas a more crippling blow, but ‎Netanyahu opposed the move.‎

Meanwhile, after a few relatively calm days, ‎Palestinian arson terrorism raged again over the ‎weekend, as 28 fires were sparked in Israeli ‎communities near the border by incendiary balloons. ‎

The terrorist arson campaign, launched in late ‎‎‎April, has so far decimated nearly 10,000 acres of ‎‎forest ‎and farmlands on the Israeli side of the ‎‎border. Incendiary kites and balloons have caused ‎‎millions of dollars in damage to the area over the ‎‎past three months.

Environmental experts ‎say it ‎‎will take at least 15 years to rehabilitate ‎the ‎‎vegetation and wildlife that have been destroyed.