Defense Minister: Israel Will Target Those Behind Arson Attacks from Gaza

(Times of Israel) Michael Bachner - Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday that Israel would adopt a new policy in dealing with the flaming balloons and kites that have been sent flying over the border in recent months, burning large swaths of land in Israel. "We need to target those who send the balloon launchers, not the pawns," he said. "There was an Egyptian request and we accepted it; we made half a step and enabled gas and fuel shipments [last week]. But there was a commitment by Egypt that there wouldn't be any tensions on the border fence. Since these things are continuing, I decided to also close the Strip to gas and fuel. Until the kite terrorism and the tensions at the fence completely stop, that is what will be left - food and medicine. I hope the public will pressure the Hamas leadership to understand that there are far better alternatives to only having electricity four hours a day. Rehabilitation will only happen in exchange for demilitarization."

2018-08-03 00:00:00

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