Israel has set up the Iron Dome defense system in the center of the country in anticipation of attacks by the Islamic Jihad and other terror groups.
By: World Israel News Staff
Amid warnings of planned terror activity in retaliation for IDF operations against the Islamic Jihad, Israel has set up Iron Dome batteries in several locations in the center of the country.
The IDF believes the terror group is planning an attack on the Jewish state following the Israeli military’s demolition of a Gaza terror tunnel two weeks ago. A total of 14 terrorists were killed in the aftermath of the tunnel collapse, including two senior Islamic Jihad field commanders.
Major General Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), issued a warning Saturday night in Arabic in a Youtube video to terrorist groups in Gaza and Damascus that Israel will respond to any act of terror.
“We are aware of the plot that the Islamic Jihad has been planning against Israel,” Mordechai declared. “They are playing with fire.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also warned Palestinian terror groups not to attack Israel. “We will take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any area. I mean any source: rogue factions, organizations – anyone,” he asserted Sunday morning at the weekly cabinet meeting.
In response, the Islamic Jihad vowed to carry out attacks, calling the Israeli threats an “act of war.”
Adding to the tension, IDF forces on Sunday night apprehended a senior Islamic Jihad operative in the Palestinian town of Araba, in the Jenin area.