Palestinian terrorists from Hamas and other terrorist factions in Gaza have been setting fire to Israeli fields in protest to the Bahrain peace summit held this week between the US and Middle Eastern countries.
Israel was not involved in the Bahrain summit, but Hamas chose to attack Israel (and not Egypt) as Palestinian leaders rejected an offer of $50 billion in a bid to obtain peace.
Since Sunday, Palestinian terrorists have caused more than 100 fires in Israeli civilian communities along the edge of the Gaza border.
Terrorists in #Gaza launched incendiary devices at Israel today, causing at least 25 fires near Israeli civilian communities.
This is one of the fires 👇pic.twitter.com/ayCZXXTYR9
— Israel Foreign Ministry (@IsraelMFA) June 27, 2019
Earlier in the week, Israel announced it would be restricting the transfer of diesel fuel into the Gaza Strip and would restrict the fishing zone for Palestinians. Israel took this action in an attempt to stop continued terror attacks by Hamas which are a violation of the unofficial cease-fire agreement between Israel and the terrorist groups in the Strip.
According to reports by the Gaza-based Sawa news agency, Hamas has reached an agreement with Israel (through UN and Egyptian negotiators) to halt their terrorist firebombing campaign and Israel has agreed to send diesel fuel to the Gaza power plant and expand the fishing zone to 15 nautical miles.
There has been growing frustration in Israel over the use of fire kites by Hamas. Earlier in the week, one landed in a kindergarten. Thankfully the school was empty as it happened at 4 pm, just minutes after the children left for the day.
Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev regional council, demanded the government to act.
“A firebomb in a kindergarten is just like a missile in a kindergarten … You cannot keep quiet, every day there are fires in the vicinity and there is no response from Israel. And the smell of smoke, the terror of the burning balloons must stop,” Idan said, according to Mako. “I demand that the government act immediately before a disaster occurs, God forbid. The conflagration that occurred today in the kindergarten in the council could have caused disaster if it had landed a few minutes earlier. To continue to absorb more and more Molotov cocktails and to destroy our routine in this reality.”
This truce is unlikely to hold for long. Hamas are simply biding their time, allowing fuel supplies to enter the country again before continuing their attacks. Therefore, we must continue to pray for Israeli civilians around the Gaza border who are under constant threat from terrorists and for the IDF who are protecting their people from this threat.