Palestinian Arson Attacks Burn Trees Providing Security Screen for Israeli Communities – KKL-JNF (Jerusalem Post)
Hundreds of acres of security tree plantings carried out since the 1950s around 11 Israeli communities in the Western Negev, to provide a natural protective screen between them and Gaza, have now gone up in smoke due to incessant Palestinian incendiary kite and balloon attacks.
KKL-JNF Western Negev Recreation Area Coordinator Itzik Lugasi explains: “The trees conceal local communities and roads and make it hard for the terrorists to hit them directly.”
“The camouflage they provide protects farmers from sharpshooters, and the army uses them for cover when necessary, too. What’s more, a missile fired at the area has a very good chance of hitting the trees first.”