Photo Credit: US Embassy in Jerusalem
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with EVP volunteers in Israel

Firefighters in southern Israel once again had their hands full on Tuesday — and Wednesday — as both Israelis and Americans who came to volunteer battled flames from one end of the day to the other.

More than 15 fires were started on Tuesday alone in the southern region, all of them ignited by arson kites and incendiary balloons from Gaza.


On Wednesday, another firefighters battled at least 11 more blazes in the region, according to the regional fire and rescue division.

Friedman thanked the Israeli and American firefighters, who came from all over the United States. “They demonstrated an amazing solidarity between the American people and the Israeli people,” he said. “It’s an act of true friendship and true love.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided on Wednesday to ban the delivery of fuel and gasoline to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, until terrorists end their arson attacks against southern Israel and violence at the border.

“The return of the Kerem Shalom Crossing to full operation is dependent upon a total end to the balloon launches and clashes on the border,” said a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry.

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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.