Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that a large-scale IDF operation against Palestinian rocket squads was drawing near. Barak has made the threat before, but this is the first time he's repeated it since Israel started reducing fuel supplies to Gaza this week in another tactic to pressure terrorists to halt their rocket fire into southern Israel. "Every day that passes brings us closer to a broad operation in Gaza," Barak told Army Radio. "We are not happy to do it, we're not rushing to do it, and we'll be happy if circumstances succeed in preventing it," he said. "But the time is approaching when we'll have to undertake a broad operation in Gaza."