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U.S. warns Islamic Jihad to drop war threat against Israel

U.S. warns Islamic Jihad to drop war threat against Israel

"We're aware of your health conditions, but we will take you anyway", one of the raiding Israeli officers was quoted by the Palestinian family as saying. That scenario could develop at any moment, and hence the deployment of the Iron Dome units, which will be used to deflect the Gaza missiles fired at Israeli population centers.

That deployment was due to estimates by Israeli defense officials that Islamic Jihad is planning a major terror attack against Israel in the wake of the IDF's recent demolition of a terror tunnel that ran under Israeli territory, in which a dozen of the group's top terrorists were killed. A total of 14 terrorists were killed in the aftermath of the tunnel collapse, including two senior Islamic Jihad field commanders.

A day later, the resistance movement said in a statement on Sunday that it would not back down on its "right to respond to any aggression, including our right to respond to the crime of aggression on the resistance tunnel".

In response to escalated threats, IDF have deployed anti-missile defense batteries around central Israel.

Daoud Shehab, an Islamic Jihad spokesman, called the comments by Netanyahu and Mordechai "a declaration of war".

Islamic Jihad responded to Mordechai's video on Sunday, saying the Israeli threats against its leaders constituted "an act of war", and vowing to continue in its plans to carry out a revenge attack against Israel, according to a statement carried by its media affiliate Palestine Today News Agency.

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The group, which may have been holding off retaliating against Israel while the bodies of five PIJ terrorists were missing inside the tunnel, may now be more inclined to launch a surprise attack against Israel since the IDF confirmed last week that they are holding on to those bodies after they found them inside Israeli territory.

Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Monday condemned a United Nations envoy for "holding Palestinian groups accountable for every tension with Israel".

The group said that the tunnel, which had been detected using newly implemented advanced technology and destroyed in a controlled explosion inside Israeli territory, had been under construction "for years".

But the Al-Hayat report said that Islamic Jihad was undecided on what to do in the wake of the tunnel demolition.

Israeli officials said that any attack against the country by Palestinian militants with links to Iran and Syria will also provoke retaliatory measures.

"It should be clear: Any retaliation of any kind by the Islamic Jihad will be met with a powerful and determined Israeli response, not only against the Jihad, but also against Hamas", Mordechai warned. "We will take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any area".


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