After Palestinian rioters burned hundreds of tires during last Friday's violent protests on the Gaza border, the Jewish state had to respond to what had become a dangerous situation. The Jerusalem Post's Adam Rasgon reports that Israel has now banned tire imports into the Gaza Strip:
“We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice,” Muhammad Hamdan, a spokesman for the PA Transportation Ministry told The Jerusalem Post.
In the past week, Israeli officials have expressed considerable opposition to Palestinian protesters lighting tires on fire in the border region.
Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted on his Twitter account last Friday that the protesters burned tires to provide cover for Hamas terrorists in Gaza, who he said “will try to storm the border, infiltrate Israel and kill Israelis.”
He also lashed out at the protesters for burning tires, arguing that black tire smoke has detrimental health effects for people who breathe it in.
Hamdan criticized Israel’s decision to stop tire imports to Gaza, asserting that there is a shortage of tires in the coastal enclave...