This year, thousands of fires have been set in Israel by incendiary kites and balloons launched by Gaza terrorists. And now that the attacks have eased somewhat, JNS' Nikki Gutman reports that Israeli authorities are beginning to assess the grave damage this new form of terror has done to the Holy Land:
The four-month arson terrorism campaign, part of the campaign of border violence orchestrated by the Hamas terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, has resulted in appalling damage: Some 32,000 dunams (roughly 8,000 acres) of Israeli fields, parks and other lands have been reduced to ash.
The report found that 12,086 dunams (nearly 3,000 acres) of national parks and nature reserves, 9,873 dunams (2,440 acres) of JNF-owned land, 4,237 dunams (more than 1,000 acres) of agricultural fields and 6,085 dunams (1,500 acres) of open land have been burned. Since the arson terrorism began, 14 percent of all nature reserves in the region bordering the Gaza Strip have been lost to fire.
The worst-hit areas are the Be’eri Crater Nature Reserve, 78 percent of which has been burned, and the Kurkar Niram Nature Reserve, 77 percent of which has been burned. Fifty percent of the Karmiya Nature Reserve, 30 percent of the Reches Gvaram Reserve, 27 percent of Nahal Grar Park and 21 percent of the Besor Nature Reserve have also been lost to the fires...