Hamas Continues Incendiary Balloon Attacks as Talks for Cease Fire Falter

Palestinians in Gaza are once again using incendiary balloons to start fires in Southern Israel, say Israeli authorities. Between June 27 and August 15, 2020, Israeli press reported continued arsons in southern Israel sparked by incendiary balloons released from the Gaza Strip. The fires culminated on Sunday, August 16, with 28 brush fires started in a single day. Palestinians were also reportedly rioting near the security fence on a nightly basis, so-called “nightly confusion units” designed to disrupt the lives of soldiers patrolling the fence as well as Israelis living in the area. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… (June 27, 2020); Read more… (August 6, 2020); Read more… (August 16, 2020). Efforts at a cease fire failed August 28, with Hamas warning Israel of “messages” to be sent within hours. According to Lebanese-Hezbollah affiliated TV al-Mayadeen, a Hamas ‘source’ stated Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi had been in Gaza to broker a cease-fire but had left after the effort failed. According to the ‘source’ the deal failed due to Israel’s insistence on “calm in return for calm” instead of “calm in return for an end to the blockade.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Other reports suggest the envoy is still in Gaza trying to broker a deal. After reports the deal fell through, another wave of incendiary balloons descended on southern Israel, sparking 20 fires. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… On other fronts, Turkey plans to grant citizenship to high-ranking members of the Hamas terrorist group who are living in Turkey. The twelve members living there are reported to be involved in planning terror attacks, with one overseeing a failed plot to assassinate Jerusalem’s mayor. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…