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Israel Warns Islamic Jihad Against Retaliating For Destruction of Tunnel

Israel Warns Islamic Jihad Against Retaliating For Destruction of Tunnel

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By    |   Sunday, 12 November 2017 09:19 PM

The Israeli army has issued a stern warning to Islamic Jihad against any attempt to retaliate against the IDF’s destruction of a tunnel the organization built from the Gaza Strip to Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.

A YouTube video in Arabic posted by the army warned that "We are aware of the plot being waged by Islamic Jihad against Israel. They are playing with fire with the residents of the Gaza Strip and at the expense of Palestinian reconciliation and the entire region."

Fourteen people, mostly Islamic Jihad operatives, were killed when Israel destroyed the tunnel two weeks ago. Similar ones have been used to launch terrorist attacks against Israel.

Senior Israeli defense officials believe that Islamic Jihad is planning a revenge attack, despite pressure on the group from other Palestinians to refrain from doing so, in order not to disrupt the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, according to Ha’aretz.

Islamic Jihad, which was not part of that accord, brushed off the warning, saying that it was not scared by Israel. Instead, Islamic Jihad said it is the Jewish state that should be constantly worried about an attack, becasue it has the ability to response in equal proportions.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the army’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, said “Israel will respond forcefully and resolutely to any Islamic Jihad reaction whatsoever — not just against Jihad, but also against Hamas.

"We advise Islamic Jihad’s leadership in Damascus to exercise caution and keep things under control.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated the warning in the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, The Times of Israel reported.

“These days, there are still those who toy with trying renewed attacks on Israel,” Netanyahu said. “We will take a very strong hand against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any sector. I say this to every entity, rogue faction, organization - every one. In any case, we see Hamas as responsible for every attack that emanates from, or is planned against us in, the Gaza Strip.”

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