Israel issues strong warning against Hamas and Islamic Jihad

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

In a recorded video, he warned of a "strong response to any act carried out by the Islamic Jihad" which he claimed would be "at the expense of the Gaza residents, [Palestinian] reconciliation and the whole region".

Amid rising tensions between the Gaza-based terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, PIJ has reportedly raised its level of readiness for conflict to the highest degree.

The move comes after the Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed Palestinian group, has vowed to avenge the demolition of one of its cross-border tunnels on October 31, during which at least 12 militants were killed.

Coordinator of Israeli Government Activities in the Occupied Territories Yoav Mordechai announced yesterday that Israel is expecting Islamic Jihad to retaliate.

"Threats to target the movement's leadership is a declaration of war, which we will confront", Palestine Today reported the group as saying on Sunday in response to Mordechai's warning. "It has many tunnels and many options", senior PIJ member Ahmad al-Mudalal warned.

A war of words broke out between Israel and PIJ shortly after the destruction of the tunnel, which was detected using advanced technology and neutralized inside Israeli territory using a controlled explosion.

Almost two weeks after the Israeli army blew up a tunnel that ran between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel, killing 12 Palestinian fighters from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas movements, Israel has continued to exchange threats with the groups, saying that it will "respond with force" to any retaliation from Gaza.

"The Islamic Jihad will have a hard time holding back", said the unnamed senior official.

The move came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to "take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any area".

"I say this to every entity, rogue faction, organization - everyone".

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