In August 2005, American Jewish philanthropists contributed $14 million to buy former Gaza settlers’ greenhouses for Palestinians as a gesture of good will as Israel pulled out of Gaza.
Immediately upon the withdrawal of Israeli settlers from Gaza the Palestinians proceeded to loot dozens of greenhouses, walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.
Photos from Zionism-Israel.com
But after months of sitting dormant the Palestinians are putting the greenhouses back to use.
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IDF forces discover terrorists’ tunnel in northern Gaza
Following information received from the ISA and intelligence sources, the Golani Infantry Brigade, assisted by combat engineering and armored forces, operated yesterday in the northern Gaza Strip. The joint forces uncovered a tunnel intended for infiltration into Israeli territory with the intention of carrying out a large-scale terror attack.
The tunnel was dug from inside a greenhouse used for harvesting tomatoes, which is located merely 700 meters from the security fence. The discovery of the tunnel and the prevention of the attack were made possible by the IDF’s continued activity in the area.
Tunnels are increasingly employed as a means to infiltrate Israel in order to execute terrorist attacks against civilians, and for the purpose of smuggling weapons and illegal contraband. IDF activity-which is routinely conducted in search of tunnel networks-is designed to thwart the development of such means of terrorism.