snipers opened fire Thursday morning on a tractor operator in a field located in the Negev's
Eshkol Regional Council. The farmer hid behind the vehicle until he was rescued by IDF
No injuries were reported, but the tractor was damaged in the attack.
A resident of a nearby kibbutz said the famer was "driven by Zionist ideology to make aliyah with his family. We will continue to cultivate the land despite what happened."
Eshkol Regional Council head Haim Yalin said, "We are aware of dangers of cultivating our lands, and we know the IDF protects us.
"The Israeli government should know that incidents such as this one occur on a daily basis. We have the moral strength to combat terror, but not to fight the government for what the citizens here deserve," he said.
"Last time a soldier paid with his life to protect the farmers and the rest of the citizens," Yalin added, referring to a recent incident
in which Golani Staff-Sergeant Netanel Moshiashvili was killed Friday in a clash with a Palestinian terrorist near Kissufim.