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Firefighters put out fire near Gaza border, caused by incendiary terror kite attack. May 30, 2018

A new poll conducted by the Smith Institute for Israel’s Channel 20 News has found that a majority of Israelis want the government to authorize attacks on Gaza terrorists who fly incendiary fire kites across the border to southern Israel.

Asked how the government should respond to the kite terrorism, 56 percent of the respondents answered that anyone trying to launch a fire kite should be targeted; 20 percent of the survey participants said to bring down the kites by technological means and 24 percent said to find a political solution to the attacks.


An absolute majority of the Israeli public — 52 percent — is convinced that the government must improve its current handling of the fire-kite attacks on Israel; 36 percent said the government is failing in its response. Only 12 percent responded by saying the government is responding appropriately to the attacks.

Oddly, 84 percent of Likud voters said the government response required improvement or was a failure, and only 16 percent said the government was responding appropriately. Among Jewish voters, 63 percent called for improvement, 28 percent called it a failure and only 9 percent said the government was responding appropriately.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.