Hamas has agreed to cease incendiary kite and balloon attacks…but will it last? Time will tell.
It is estimated that 7,400 acres have burned, and the damage to Israeli fields and crops has topped $1.4 million. Here is a look at some of the damage:
Hamas has consistently instructed Palestinians in Gaza to launch fire kites and balloons into Israel, which they have been doing for almost 4 months now. However, pressure from Egypt and the closing of the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza seem to have brought about a willingness (at least for a time) for Hamas to cease its arson activity.
Routinely, shipments of fuel cross from Israel into Gaza for humanitarian purposes. However, Israel has chosen to shut off those supplies, while continuing to provide food and medical supplies. (Who else sends aid to an enemy in the midst of constant attacks?)
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu recently visited Sderot in southern Israel, exactly 4 years after IDF soldier Hadar Goldin’s death. The remains of Goldin and another Israeli casualty have been held by Hamas since their deaths in 2014’s Operation Protective Shield.
During his visit, Netanyahu stated:
“We are in a campaign that entails an exchange of blows and I can tell you that the IDF is ready for any scenario. I was very impressed by what I saw here and I know that like me, every Israeli citizen believes in the IDF and gives it their backing ahead of any possible development.”
Pray for Netanyahu and the Israeli administration as they continue to deal with very difficult circumstances. May the hand of God continue to protect their soldiers and their people, and may the land produce many-fold more following the recovery of ground that has been burned in the arson attacks.
Pray on, my friends!