ISRAEL – TEL AVIV – Israel intends to seek compensation from the Palestinian National Authority for the damage to agriculture and nature in the Negev desert caused by incendiary kites launched from Gaza. On Sunday the premier’s office said Benyamin Netanyahu had given national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat a mandate to put in place a mechanism whereby compensation is detracted from monthly customs tax reimbursements to the PNA. The immediate damage to crops has been estimated at several million Shekels (over 1 million euros), while the environmental damage has not yet been calculated. Israeli farmers must battle against an average of 10 deliberately started bushfires a day.
Overall 2,800 hectares of land have been burned along the 40-km border over the last few weeks.