Terrorists Improve Arson Balloon Technology
By: Hana Levi Julian
Date: June 16, 2019
Terrorists in Gaza have upgraded the technology of their
arson balloon attacks on Israel, increasing the number of fires ignited with
just one flight, thus maximizing the damage.
More fires have been started each day in the past month,
with forest land and agricultural fields once again being burned to the ground
by the incendiary balloons launched from Gaza and flown across the border into
nearby Israeli communities.
This newest upgrade involves saturating a very long fuse of
the balloon in flammable or explosive liquids, and then attaching it to the
Molotov cocktail or homemade bomb.
The balloon drips the flaming liquid as it flies –
dropping fireballs along the way – and thereby creating multiple arson attacks
instead of simply one upon the terminal impact.
For a low-technology, low-cost weapon, it’s a high-yield
And the Israeli military has been largely ineffective in
its efforts to combat this form of terrorism. Israel’s political establishment
has been altogether ineffective in its own efforts, both in determining an
effective military response, and finding any other way to end this threat to the
As a security coordinator from a southern Israeli community
told Ynet: “This threat should not be taken lightly, and although it
sounds non-threatening, it is certainly dangerous and can be lethal.”
To be clear: Less than half of the beautiful forests in
southern Israel remain today, thanks to the past 14 months of Gaza arson terror.
An entire year’s worth of crops has been destroyed, which will certainly
impact the cost of food to the nation, and the cost of living in southern
Israel, not to mention the ability of those who make their living as farmers, to
In one more year, the nation of Israel will once again face
the year of Shemittah, and we should already be starting to preserve and
stockpile food towards that end. This destruction has disrupted that process.
How much longer should Israel allow Hamas to determine the
fate of her southern residents?