The rally’s organizers said the motivation behind the protest is "the government's helplessness in handling the security situation in the Gaza border region and the western Negev." Some demonstrators also held signs reading, "Israel is burning—we demand security."
The demonstrators gathered on the highway at a red light, each time leaving it as it turned green.
"We want the government to explain to us what it has decided to do on the issue, we are here because currently the government doesn’t have a concrete policy," explained Itay Pesto from Kibbutz Kfar Aza.
"The government has decided not to decide. We are currently at war and we want a decision. If the government wants to restore deterrence—then restore it. The situation is unbearable. We are like ducks at a shooting range,” he vented.
Alona Braun, another Kfar Aza resident, reiterated the sentiment, also demanding action from the government.
"The government has promised to be tough on Hamas, but for the past 17 years we’ve been dealing with severe emotional tensions and insecurity. We demand that the defense minister and the prime minister restore security, permanently. It’s their responsibility and if they aren’t capable of solving the crisis then they need to draw their own conclusions," she bemoaned.
The incendiary balloon terror continued throughout the weekend, despite an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas that went into effect on Thursday evening at 10:45pm, according Al Jazeera.
On Saturday, at least five fires broke out in the Gaza border region as a result of Hamas-led arson terror, with one incendiary balloon landing near a dining room in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries were reported.
Since March 30, thousands of acres of forests, agricultural land and fields in Israel have been scorched by the incendiary balloons and kites.
The local residents, who already live under a constant strain of rocket fire from the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups, have long comlpained about the government's inability to comprehensively deal with the new primitive phenomenon.