“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,” Netanyahu warned the Palestinian terror groups.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu at an event celebrating 120 years of Zionism, September 27, 2017. (Hadas Parush/FLASH90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups not to attack Israel.
“There are those who still amuse themselves these days by trying to renew attacks against Israel,” Netanyahu remarked at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. “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.”
“In any event, we see Hamas responsible for any attack launched or organized from the Gaza Strip against us,” he underscored.
Netanyahu’s remarks came after the IDF issued an unusual and stern message to the Islamic Jihad terror group, warning of dire repercussions if it attacks Israel.
The IDF estimates that the Islamic Jihad is planning an attack on the Jewish State following the IDF’s demolition of a terror tunnel some two weeks ago. A total of 14 terrorists were killed in the aftermath of the tunnel collapse, including two senior Islamic Jihad field commanders.
The Palestinian terror group has vowed revenge.
In a message in Arabic published on Saturday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai warned the Islamic Jihad to abandon plans to take revenge on Israel, saying that Israel knows of their plans and is prepared to repel them.
“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,” the Mordechai warned.
Mordechai directly addressed the terror group’s leader, Ramadan Shalah, and his deputy, Ziad Nakhaleh, who run the terror group from Syria.
“Take control of things because you will be held responsible,” the general said.
He further stressed that the Islamic Jihad was “playing with fire” and risking the safety of the residents of Gaza.
The Islamic Jihad responded by saying that the IDF’s statement was a “declaration of war.”
“Threats to target the movement’s leadership is a declaration of war, which we will respond to,” the Islamic Jihad stated, according to the Palestinian News Network. “We reaffirm our right to respond to any attack, including our right to respond to the Israeli attack on the tunnel belonging to al-Qassam brigades east of Deir al-Balah,” the terrorist group professed.
The IDF uncovered and retrieved the bodies of five Palestinian terrorists who were killed during the demolition of the terror tunnel, dug from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The five terrorists are believed to be low-ranking foot soldiers and members of Islamic Jihad, the terror group that dug the tunnel.
The IDF is on high alert on the border with Gaza in anticipation of a Palestinian attack.