Good question. Here’s an eye witness account:
Overnight, Israel was attacked yet again by a barrage of rockets from Gaza. According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at least 45 rockets were fired at Israeli cities and towns. Israel holds Hamas responsible and the IDF has taken action against Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip.
Be diligent in prayer, my friend!
In response to Palestinian fire kites from the Gaza Strip, the children of Kibbutz Nir-am had a response! They floated balloons filled with candy into the Gaza Strip.
The Hamas-backed Palestinian threat of launching 5,000 fire kites into Israel on the final day of Ramadan failed to match the expectation, though 11 fires set by incendiary kites were quickly extinguished by fire fighters and volunteer citizens.
Earlier that day (Friday), Israeli military aircraft fired warning shots at a terrorist group in Gaza preparing to launch kites. A military spokesman stated, “The IDF views the use of incendiary balloons and kites with great severity and will operate to prevent their use.”
Israel is now using “re-purposed” radar technology designed originally to detect gliders to track down fire kites. Drones are now being used to intercept incendiary kites. Over the past 2+ months of the Palestinian “March of Return,” almost $1.5 million in damages has occurred in Israel (due primarily to fire damage to fields and forests), and more than 130 Palestinians have lost their lives, many of whom are members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
The battle is between good and evil. Make no mistake, neither the Jews nor the Palestinians are perfect people. But consider the principles in play. One side launches a “peaceful” protest in which they hurl grenades, explosives and rocks at soldiers, burn tires and fly hundreds of incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory, sparking dozens of fires. While the other side responds by sending “peace” balloons, filled with candy, into the Gaza Strip in return. Which do you see as most peaceful?
Let’s pray for the “good,” and plead for the “evil.” That evil is perpetrated by Hamas. The citizens, particularly children, are brainwashed to hate Jews and encouraged to murder them. Pray that the “good” demonstrated by the people of Kibbutz Nir-am provides opportunity for Palestinian young people to turn from the evil imposed upon them.
Pray for all to know true peace that only the Prince of Peace can provide!