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Low-tech terror from Gaza

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 11:01 am

It was Samson who tradition says set the tails of 300 foxes on fire and sent them into the fields of the Philistines to destroy their crops. A similar low-tech weapon has been employed by Palestinians in Gaza in recent months. Burning kites and balloons they have sent over the border fence into southern Israel have destroyed some 7,000 acres of land, causing millions of dollars in damage and untold emotional trauma.

Like those who earlier this summer sought to fling burning tires into Israel, the kite flyers are not peaceful demonstrators, and their acts of violence are doing nothing to improve life in Gaza. If anything, they are providing a potential spark for war between Israel and Gaza’s rulers, Hamas. And even in the absence of war, the death toll is rising. On July 20, a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier. And on July 27, a 17-year-old Palestinian was felled by Israeli soldiers protecting the border.

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