Israel arrests Islamic Jihad's leader in West Bank

Israel arrests Islamic Jihad's leader in West Bank

The Iron Dome missile defense system, designed and developed by Israel and jointly funded through the United States, to identify threats from short and medium-range rockets and mortar shells.

According to Amos Yadlin, head of the Institute for National Security Studies think tank, "the messages and warnings that Israel has been sending to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) over the last couple of days are not incidental, but actually indicate concrete intel according to which PIJ plans to respond to the destruction of his terror tunnel into Israel", Yadlin wrote on Twitter.

Ten PIJ operatives, including two senior commanders, were killed during Israel's operation to destroy the tunnel.

"Our account with them will not be closed except with a response", he said.

Since 2008, Israel has launched three offensives on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to an Iron Dome defence system, created to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed in Or Yehuda in central Israel, on November 14, 2017.

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Israel's October 30 blowing up of the tunnel resulted in the deaths of 12 Palestinian fighters from Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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

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

The IDF on Tuesday announced new, strict security instructions for Israelis living in the Gaza area, as part of the preparation for a possible retaliatory attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for the killing of its terrorists in the IDF's recent tunnel demolition.

"It should be clear: any response by Islamic Jihad, whatever it may be, will be responded to by Israel with power and determination not only against Islamic Jihad but also against Hamas". [The] US is working with the PA, Israel, Egypt & others to try to improve the situation.

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