The use of weaponized kites and balloons in the israeli – palestinian conflict
Joanna Zych 1  
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Faculty of National Security War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland
Online publish date: 2019-04-21
The aim of this paper is to analyze the use of weaponized incendiary kites and helium balloons in the Israeli-Palestinian hostilities between March and December 2018. The study focuses on two following questions: why are the kites and balloons useful for current goals of Hamas and how do the Israelis respond to this new threat? The paper presents the Palestinian ‘Great March of Return’ as a background for the development of a new Hamas’ tactic and briefly describes the chronology of arson terrorism in the context of other hostilities at the Gaza-Israeli border. The main part of this research focuses on the utility of incendiary kites and balloons for terrorist purposes and the countermeasures implemented by the Israel Defense Forces, civilian emergency services and the Israeli government against this threat in the Gaza Periphery. Overall findings of this paper present the threat of arson terrorism in the context of an asymmetric conflict.
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