Photo Credit: courtesy, Shaar HaNegev Spokesperson
IED attached to a balloon bomb that landed near a kibbutz in the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council district

The efforts of Gaza’s balloon bomb terrorists are continuing, with the latest launches reaching as far as 60 kilometers into Israeli territory.

On Saturday, one of the balloon bombs flew as far as the resting place of Israel’s founding father, the late Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and his wife, Paula.

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Just a few minutes before the start of the Sabbath on Friday, a cluster of balloons was spotted in the agricultural area of a kibbutz in the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council district. The Israel Police bomb squad was deployed to the scene to neutralize the homemade bomb that was attached to the balloons.

One day earlier, on Thursday, a balloon bomb carried an improvised explosive device into Israeli territory taped on to a soccer ball; an especially enticing toy for an unwary Israeli child.

Now Jewish parents must teach their children not only to beware of pretty, colorful balloons, but also soccer balls and any other toys they might find in the fields . . .

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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.