Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Netanyahu promises to take 'very firm stance' against PIJ

Netanyahu promises to take 'very firm stance' against PIJ

On Saturday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai publicly warned Islamic Jihad that it was "playing with fire" by threatening Israel.

Israel and the Egyptian military have launched a campaign to destroy the tunnels, preventing the people in Gaza from bringing most of their basic goods like construction materials, food, and fuel into the coastal enclave.

All the Palestinian factions that have signed the 2011 Cairo agreement to reconcile Fatah and Hamas and reunite the West Bank and Gaza Strip have received an invitation to attend the two-day meeting scheduled for November 21 in Cairo, Qais Abdul Karim, deputy secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said on Monday.

Later Monday, Israeli media said the army had raised its level of alert adjacent to the border with Gaza as a precaution against possible Islamic Jihad retaliation for the tunnel blast.

"We are aware of the plot that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group is planning against Israel", said Mordechai, whose defence ministry unit is known as COGAT.

Islamic Jihad possesses dozens of rockets with the range of 40km, Haaretz reported.

Two Israeli civilians, said to be mentally unstable, are also believed to have entered Gaza and to be held by Hamas.

"Let it be clear: Any attack by Islamic Jihad will be met with a harsh and determined Israeli response".

The PIJ threat was issued after Israel's Maj. Ten members of the group died in the tunnel.

Speaking at the beginning of a Cabinet session on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to harshly respond to any attack perpetrated by the Palestinian Islamist movements against Israeli areas.

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