Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Gaza fishermen untangling their nets in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, August 15, 2018

It’s starting to seem a lot like the Hokey Pokey.

Gaza terrorists behave badly, flying incendiary terror kites and balloons into southern Israel and setting fires that destroy agricultural fields, crops and equipment.

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Israel reduces the Gaza fishing zone by 30 percent.

The terrorists stop burning down Israeli fields for a couple of days — maybe because they’re tired, or maybe because they’ve run low on supplies, or maybe their citizens ran out of fish for dinner — and Israel expands the Gaza fishing zone in response to their good behavior, usually back up to the standard 15 nautical miles.

And on and on it goes. This Thursday, it was more of the same.

Israel reduced the Gaza fishing zone to 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometers) from its previous 15 nautical miles (27.8 km), expanded in response to “good behavior” (read: non-violent behavior) from the enclave’s residents and terrorists.

Israel had expanded the Gaza fishing zone to 15 nautical miles just a day or two earlier after two days of “quiet” with no incendiary terror balloons flown across the border into Israeli territory.

But four incendiary terror balloons were flown from Gaza on Tuesday, once again igniting fires in southern Israel.

Short of a military response there doesn’t seem to be much else that Israel is able to do in response to the arson terror, other than to expand and reduce the zone in accordance with the good and bad behavior of the enclave’s terrorists.

And apparently no one in the enclave has tired of their leaders’ behavior, except when it costs them dinner on their plates.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.