Only two days after Palestinians burned thousands of tires on the Israeli border with Gaza in order to create smoke that would hide Palestinian terrorists from Israel Defense Force troops, a spokesman for the Palestinian Transport Ministry complained of the ensuing shortage of tires, demanding that Israel supply more.
Last Friday, Gazans burned 10,000 tires to obscure the vision of the security fence separating Israel from Gaza so that Israeli troops could not not see infiltrators into the land.
Then, on Sunday, speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Muhammad Hamdan, a spokesman for the PA Transportation Ministry, made this incredible statement:
We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice. There is no doubt stopping tire imports will have a negative effect on Palestinians in Gaza especially considering there is a shortage of them there. We are going to exert all efforts so that Israel reverses its decision.
Even before last Friday’s protest, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the IDF head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, wrote a letter to Tedros Adhanom, the head of the World Health Organization warning that Hamas’ plan to burn a massive amounts of tires would be an “ecologic catastrophe.”
When the Gazans burned the tires, the IDF used large fans and water cannons to direct the noxious fumes elsewhere.
Ofir Gendelman, the current spokesperson to the Arab media in the Prime Minister’s Office, issued an ironic tweet:
Gendelman also noted that the fumes would create massive amounts of pollution and destroy nearby agriculture, which would only make the Palestinian Arabs’ lives more miserable. He added, “But Hamas doesn’t care. Remember that.”