Hamas’ incendiary toys fly as far as Jerusalem Hills. IDF remains passive

Hamas’ latest terrorist ploy is proliferating. On July 2, a record 50 fires were ignited by exploding balloons and kites, which reached Beit Shemesh in the Jerusalem Hills for the first time.
DEBKAfile: The IDF has suspended its counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip ever since June 27, when Hamas and its allies declared its “bomb-for-bomb” strategy, meaning that IDF air strikes in reprisal for Hamas or other groups’ rocket and mortar attacks on Israel would meet violent Hamas retaliation.
The IDF has also halted its drone attacks and gunfire against the Hamas vehicles used for the transfer of incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza across the border into Israel. The infiltration of four Palestinian terrorists from southern Gaza on Monday, July 2, for torching an IDF sniper post, would not too long ago have brought forth Israeli aerial bombardments of Hamas military compounds. Not this time.

Monday saw the most devastating number of kites and balloons to land in Israel in the nearly three months of this offensive – 45-50 fires were ignited. Heads of the overtaxed fire brigade were forced to warn the government that the firefighting system is on the point of collapse.They also warned that the emergency reinforcements of manpower and equipment diverted to the Gaza district from other parts of the country were creating dangerous shortages elsewhere.
These warnings coincided with signs that Hamas is expanding its successful terror-by-arson project to other parts of the country. Whereas the communities adjoining the Gaza Strip suffered the worst damage – 47,000 acres of orchards, crops, woods and natural preserves reduced to smoking, black wasteland – the bane is spreading from the south to central Israel. The dangerous toys, having become a daily threat in Netivot, Ofakim, KIryat Gath and Lachish, landed over the weekend in Gan Yavne, Gedera and Rehovot and on Monday, were discovered for the first time outside Beit Shemesh in the Jerusalem Hills.
The heavily wooded hill region around Jerusalem, the capital, presents a constant fire menace in arid summer conditions. The forests were targeted last year by arsonists who set eight fires which came close to residential districts in Jerusalem before they were brought under control. Police have warned the public not to touch or go near any  kites or balloons before calling emergency services, because they are likely to be booby-trapped.

 

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30 thoughts on “Hamas’ incendiary toys fly as far as Jerusalem Hills. IDF remains passive

  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 12:04 at 12:04
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    What’s going on!?

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    • Jul 3, 2018 @ 20:03 at 20:03
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      The people in these two occupied territories of Israel, Gaza and West Bank, have sort of permanent violent unrest since 50 years or so.

      These people are completely lost point of view of normal social life and democracy and the history proves they are not able to govern themselves and their most known way to social interact is violence and rioting, growing out of a culture of hate and civil disobedience. Israel has the moral obligation to extend once again the state structure and laws over these parts of the land and start the long difficult and expensive process of adaptation of these people to a normal civic life.

      But, there is no specific agreement with Jordan, or Egypt, or possibly Saudis, to receive both cathegories of these people, the ones who openly refuse from the beginning to comply with the requirements of civil order, or the ones incapable of doing it and falling repeatedly into temptations of harassing or attacking the civil institutions or civil order. They must be deported, in the interest of not letting them harm themselves or the populations around, and because of them missing one essential element – Israeli citizenship.

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      • Jul 4, 2018 @ 3:13 at 3:13
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        Shalom Zamunda,

        I agree with what you wrote. There are other missing elements as well. HaShem gave the Land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel. The Torah gives the Jewish People clear instructions to drive out the inhabitants of the land of Israel who refuse to live in peace. Therefore we are to deport them as soon as possible. They can be paid for their land if they actually own any of it, just as Abraham paid for the Cave of Machpelach, Jacob paid for Shechem, and King David paid for the threshing floor on the Temple Mount.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 12:05 at 12:05
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    You don’t think one of these “long distance” flaming kites may just get lucky one day and land on the roof of the Dome of the Rock or Al-Aksa mosques on the Temple Mount————-maybe 2 of those flaming kites may get lucky in that regard- – – – – – – – – – -and the rest will be history!

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    • Jul 3, 2018 @ 14:09 at 14:09
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      A scorched earth being employed policy by Terrorstinians? Two can play at that game and Israel must get into the game. Like davefromorange said, it is a target-rich environment in Gaza and PA land.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 12:37 at 12:37
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    Apparently the lack of action is due to ‘legal reasons’? This is such a fkn joke. So, does someone has to DIE before they can justify disposing of these filthy mongrels? The world has gone completely mad.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 15:14 at 15:14
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    I don’t know how any normal person can depend on the IDF ehen it is run by a government of Leftist Passivists! Every terrorist that burns our land should be burned to death measure fir measure. The Israeli government seems to be helping arabs throw Jews off their Land just likr thry recently did in Gush Katif, Amona, etc. Now the Israeli givernment stands by and does nothing. Moshe Feighlin should be Prime Minister I don’t think he would turn his back to the settlers like the current government would

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    • Jul 3, 2018 @ 15:35 at 15:35
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      Yes, Israel has always been trying to placate a world that was hoping Israel would disappear.

      When the world was threatened by Arab oil embargoes in the ’70’s, the world wanted Israel gone because they falsely blamed Islamic anger and terrorism 9and discomfort at the pump) with Israel’s existence.

      People always blame Israel as the eternal and convenient scapegoat. Unfortunately, Israel has responded by tying its own hands, preventing settlement of Jewish land, holding back from finishing unfinished wars that were crying out for a successful conclusion (and, by the way, would have prevented further wars had decisive victories occurred).

      As I said, I am all for strong military responses and victory.

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      • Jul 3, 2018 @ 22:59 at 22:59
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        “strong military responses and victory” are just dandy, but it’s the endgame that gets costly, and determines who will win the peace.

        in the case of gaza, it’s not feasible to carpet bomb everything and everybody. short of that, destroying hamas would leave a power vacuum, to be filled either by israel or another of the terrorist groups.

        neither outcome would be in israel’s interests. and the possibility of forming a functioning civil society in gaza, in our lifetime, is slim to none.

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    • Jul 3, 2018 @ 16:42 at 16:42
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      You see they do not consider your land to be yours ; Didn`t anyone in Israel understood it yet ? The Israeli elite does not even recognize themselves to be the owners of that land they live in . Balloons , kites what else is left . They think is some kind of renewal of land . This is a failure of the governments of Israel to understand and communicate , or act. They are as all elite worry for their 10 million villas.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 15:36 at 15:36
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    Since nobody at the UN is complaining, then why don’t we employ the same tactics?

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    • Jul 3, 2018 @ 15:47 at 15:47
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      Why should we wait for UN or world approval or disapproval. No country in the world waits for permission to defend itself and its citizens or move forward into the future from the evil UN-EU-Leftist media.

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    • Jul 3, 2018 @ 23:02 at 23:02
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      well, for one thing, because the prevailing wind blows the wrong way.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 17:19 at 17:19
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    Since they have burned everything, its going to take a while for it all to grow back. Can only burn it once every now and then…at least if the scum cross into Israel, they cant hide among the trees.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 17:53 at 17:53
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    Israel has allowed hamas & gazans to control the situation and dictate terms.

    Unreal. Sad.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 18:38 at 18:38
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    Are there no snipers left in Israel? You launch a kite, you die.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 20:52 at 20:52
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    No the world has not gone mad. The Chinese, Russians, Turks etc. would have razed Gaza long ago, put its population to the sword and never put up with the rockets, tunnels and lately the incendiary kites/devices. Leave it to Jews to sit around debating morality and legalities when facing deadly enemies. Maybe the IDF/govt. should consult the local Yeshivas and see if the Talmud or Rambam has some advice on how to deal with this.

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    • Jul 4, 2018 @ 10:30 at 10:30
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      The Rambam and Talmud are crystal clear: enemies on the border are to be fought off with weapons even if the dispute is only concerning “straw and hay”

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 22:43 at 22:43
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    All the Israelis responsible for this state of affairs don’t deserve an Israel, should loose their citizenship and be thrown out of the country for treason.

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  • Jul 3, 2018 @ 23:05 at 23:05
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    hamas is primarily conducting a propaganda war. a war in which israel is not even trying to shoot back.

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  • Jul 4, 2018 @ 1:44 at 1:44
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    How boringly hopeless this Israeli “strategy” has become !
    Indecisiveness (and/or Cowardice) cannot be “interpreted” or “spinned” any other way…

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  • Jul 4, 2018 @ 2:24 at 2:24
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    So stubborn in their stupidity, it’s nauseating

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  • Jul 4, 2018 @ 2:31 at 2:31
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    Nobody respects a punching bag.

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  • Jul 4, 2018 @ 8:13 at 8:13
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    Israeli citizens have guns, shoot down the frigging kites if the IDF won’t do it. Need to change the leaders in charge of the IDF and take out those kites.

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    • Jul 4, 2018 @ 19:41 at 19:41
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      Israelis civilians don’t have guns because their government doesn’t allow them.
      Israeli governments are oplophobic.
      Israelis are deprived by their governments of the right to own the means to defend their rights as established by the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the American Constitution and as it is practiced in many other parts of the world were collectivism hasn’t taken its poisonous chokehold on freedom. Sadly that’s not the case in Israel.
      I would seem an Israeli government fears its armed citizens MORE than it fears pisslamic cannibals.
      Israel has a sad history in this regard and it doesn’t seem likely that this will change any time soon.
      Drowning in a see of pisslamic cannibalism Israelis are prevented by their collectivist governments from enjoying one of the most basic rights of the individual: owning the means to protect themselves from aggression.
      How many Israelis have paid with their lives for this gross violation of their individual rights will never be accounted for.
      The situation is a gross violation of the rights of the individual that Israel would do well to address and radically change.

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