Arson has long been a weapon of the jihad: “‘Unleash Hell’: New Al Qaeda magazine describes in detail how to start huge forest fires across the U.S..with instructions on how to make ’ember bombs’” — Daily Mail, May 3, 2012
“29 fires erupt as Palestinian arson terrorism continues to scorch western Negev,” by Nikki Guttman and Adi Hashmonai, Israel Hayom, August 1, 2018:
Twenty-nine fires erupted in Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip border Tuesday, as Palestinian arson terrorism continued to wreak havoc near the volatile frontier.
One incendiary balloon sent over the Gaza border landed on a parked vehicle in the Eshkol Regional Council, damaging its roof. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Sdot Negev Regional Council head Tamir Idan leveled harsh criticism at the government over what he called its tolerance of the situation.
”Frankly, I’m very concerned by the government’s inaction. Especially given the promises made to us during their [ministers’] recent meetings with the local council heads.
”This type of prolonged inaction is perceived by the other side as a serious weakness. Hamas continues to dictate reality on the ground and we keep being dragged behind it,” he said.
Various ministers visited the Gaza-vicinity communities over the past few weeks, each saying that Israel will not tolerate arson terrorism as the norm near the border.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who visited Kibbutz Or Haner, some 3.7 kilometers (2.3 miles) from Gaza, last week, warned that ”if we have Color Red [rocket alerts] here, Gaza will turn deep red too.”
”We would prefer not to be dragged into war, and we’re doing everything we can to avoid a large operation, but the ball is not in our court. I highly recommend Hamas be wise about it,” Lieberman said.
Idan demanded the government “live up to its statements that kite and balloon terrorism would be treated like rocket fire.”…