Most kids love to fly kites.
The open fields in southern Israel are particularly suited to this wonderful childhood past time due to the flat terrain and the easterly winds that sweep across the landscape in the early spring mornings and the late summer afternoons.
But not anymore.
A Facebook post from a Jewish mother living close to the Gaza border revealed the stark reality of life for children whose lives have been brutalized by Hamas on both sides of the border these days.
“Just a note: The kids living here are TERRIFIED of the kites,” she wrote on Tuesday. “They watch them flying over the border with molotovs (sic) attached, they see the numerous bush fires close to their homes started by them and the black acrid smoke rising all along the border from the thousands of tires they are burning.
“They hear the explosions on the border and one child took a photo of a kite over his own home.
“Make no mistake: I support 100% any actions the IDF needs to take in order to prevent these people from breaking through the international border, because they are not coming for a peaceful coffee. They are coming to murder as many of us as they possibly can.”