PM announces PA funds deduction to compensate for damages in Israel from fires started from Gaza’s arson kites; 200 of 600 kites reached Israeli territory; Lieberman: We will act according to Israel’s interests at timing that is comfortable for us. We will not leave accounts open.
Israel’s Defense Minister announced the IDF will take stronger measures to prevent arson kites and terror from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Netanyahu announcing a deduction from PA funds as compensation for damages.
Palestinian rioters and terrorists continue to send arson kites into Israel territory, destroying hundreds of acres of land that cause massive fires due to the hot, dry weather ahead of summer.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad factions continue to call for increased terror activity, with daily attempts to infiltrate the border, tunnel construction, rocket and mortar attacks and arson attacks.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the arson and devastation to Israel’s southern communities, stating on Monday “We should be clear that we are not prepared to accept the kites becoming the norm. The same applies for riots on the border fence and attempts to breach it and cause damage to the sovereign territory of Israel.”
He warned “We will act according to Israel’s interests at timing that is comfortable for us. We will not leave accounts open. We will settle accounts with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the rests of the terrorists operating against us from the Gaza Strip.”
Lieberman reported that over 600 kites have been sent to Israel, with 200 succeeding in reaching Israeli territory. He reported that “9,000 dunams of crops and forests” have been burned. Farmers in Israel’s south have reported over 7,000 acres of farmland and forests destroyed in fires from arson kites since April. Just this weekend, Israel’s Israel Nature and Parks Authority reported that 75 acres of the national Karmiya Nature Reserve destroyed over the weekend alone.
The IDF Spokespersons Unit reiterated that Hamas would be held accountable stating following this weekend’s rockets and arson terror, “This weekend’s events represent Hamas’ determination to turn the area near the security fence into a war zone, and its desire to harm Israeli civilians no matter the cost to its own. Ultimately, Hamas, as the governing body in the Gaza Strip, must make the decision to invest in its people or harm Israelis. For now, it’s clear that Hamas puts its terror-based goals ahead of its civilians.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that funds for the Palestinian Authority would be deducted to pay for damages in Israel from arson terror, stating Monday “I have instructed National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat to advance a system to deduct from Palestinian Authority funds the compensation that Israel will pay Gaza border communities for the damage cause by recent arson attacks.”
Photo: Palestinian rioters on Israel’s border, IDF Spokespersons Unit, 2018.