Gaza-Based Terror Groups Preparing Joint Campaign Against Israel, Report Says
Gaza-based terrorist groups to “increase the amount and frequency of incendiary balloons launched toward Israel.”
The war of terror against Israel could be entering a new phase as Gaza-based terrorist groups prepare for a joint campaign against the Jewish state, news reports from the region suggest. “The military wings of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip are preparing for a long-term joint campaign against Israel,” the Times of Israel reported citing pro-Hezbollah Lebenase newspaper Al-Akhbar.
The revelation comes as terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are stepping up their attacks against Israeli civilians. Their weapon of choice has been the explosives-laden balloons and kites that cause massive fires on the Israeli side. Hamas operatives have called this ecological terrorism “beginning a new battle” against Israel.
On Saturday, The Israeli tanks struck Hamas outposts responsible for staging these cross-border arson attacks. The counter-terrorism offensive came after the Gaza-based terrorist groups launched several incendiary devices across the border on Sunday, causing 23 fires in southern Israel.
The Times of Israel reported the renewed terrorist threat to Israel:
The military wings of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip are preparing for a long-term joint campaign against Israel, a Lebanese newspaper reported on Saturday.
The pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar newspaper reported that sources in the “Joint Operations Room” of the terror organizations said that the rocket barrage toward Israel in the early hours of Friday morning was an example that no action by Israel would go unanswered.
The newspaper also reported that the groups have now started to coordinate efforts to increase the amount and frequency of incendiary balloons launched toward Israel.
Palestinians in the Strip have in recent weeks sent waves of arson balloons across the border, sparking scores of wildfires in southern Israel.
The Israeli military conducted an initial bombing raid against Hamas facilities in Gaza Thursday night in response to the balloon-borne incendiary and explosive devices launched across the border into Israel throughout Thursday.
The intensification of terror comes as Israel seeks peace with its Arab neighbors. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump brokered a landmark peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement paves the way for diplomatic and commercial ties between the two Middle Eastern nations. Israel could strike deals on a similar basis with other Arab nations, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hope.
Iran, Turkey, and Palestinian leadership have been enraged by the Trump-brokered peace deal, with Tehran threatening to unleash terror against the UAE. This was the second major blow to Iran after President Trump pulled the plug on the Obama-era nuclear deal, disrupting the country’s lucrative oil trade and cutting its access to global financial markets.
Israel’s move towards peace in the region has been accompanied by attacks from the Iran-sponsored Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. In recent weeks, The pro-Iranian terror militia repeatedly targeted Israeli military patrols and sent killer commandos across Israel’s northern border, only to be repelled by the Israel Defense Forces. With this new wave of terror, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, both Islamist terror groups funded by Iran, are now attacking Israel from the south.
It is hardly coincidental that the growing terror campaign by Iran-backed outfits coincides with Israel’s peace overtures with its Arab neighbors and Tehran’s increasing isolation in the region. Iran’s well-earned pariah status is only matched by Palestinian leadership’s growing political irrelevance. A campaign of war and jihad terror against Israeli civilians is their only hope of reviving their flagging support in the Arab and Muslim world.
‘Incendiary Terrorism from Gaza’
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This is a war crime and violation of the law of armed conflict, should be prosecuted as such, against the perpetrators and higher ups.
The ICC can investigate this on its own initiative, but it won’t.
I’m sure the ICC will say the arson devices are mostly peaceful.
“Iran, Turkey, and Palestinian leadership have been enraged by the Trump-brokered peace deal…”
What better endorsement as to the meaningfulness of that deal when all three of these problem children are enraged by it.
All this winning is bordering on tiresome.
Just as we ignore the reality of the pantifa/BLM riots, the Israeli’s ignore the reality on their border.
Start shooting back, killing the perpetrators of mayhem and violence, and it will stop.
How many people on the Arab side that are dying needs to increase at a logarithmic rate, until they either decide to beg for peace, or their numbers are decreased to zero.
Unfortunately Israel has been captive to “Hawaii judges” since the 1980s.
One wonders how much leeway Israel has now with the UAE and other semi-friendly Arab states. For example, what if Israel were to send a punitive raid into Gaza? Tanks, infantry, air cover, the works. They stay about 48 hours and clean out a troublesome sector, blow up a lot of terrorist infrastructure, and withdraw. Would the Arab states turn a blind eye to that?
The peace deal between Israel and the UAE is, of course, a good thing, but I wonder if it comes with a set of golden handcuffs.
We’ll just point out to the Arabs that the response is mostly peaceful.
They need to deploy big fans at the border; blow those balloons back to where they came….
LOL! Although I don’t doubt the malevolence of the Pali’s, Balloons are a pathetic weapon of war, easily defeated if the Israeli’s wanted to stop them. I suspect it’s a very politically convenient to let some keep coming through, hence lots of crying and not much action.
One rather easy way to get rid of the problem – hook up single shot shotgun tubes to the bottom of drones, then have the drones patrol the area, eliminating any balloons they see. I have not one tenth of the skill of the average Israeli engineer, and I could build those pretty easily. (You want multi-shot capability? Okay, strap a Mossberg to the bottom of your drone)
Balloons are very slow, and they pop. There is not an easier target possible.