Late last month, Israel destroyed a terror tunnel being dug by Gaza terrorists. And now, Israeli security has nabbed a senior terrorist field commander plotting an attack against the Jewish state. In response, Israel Hayom's Daniel Siryoti and Lilach Shoval report, the Islamic Jihad terror group has threatened an imminent attack against Israel:
The arrest comes two weeks after the IDF destroyed an Islamic Jihad terror tunnel discovered under the Israel-Gaza border. Eleven Islamic Jihad operatives were killed in the operation, including several senior commanders.
Damascus-based Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah has reportedly ordered the al-Quds Brigades, the group's military wing, to "carry out a terrorist attack against Israel as immediately as possible."
On Saturday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai warned Islamic Jihad against retaliating over the tunnel's destruction.
"We are aware that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is plotting against Israel. It is playing with fire on the backs of the residents of the Gaza Strip and at the expense of the internal Palestinian reconciliation and the entire region," he said in a video message.
"It must be made clear: For every response from the Islamic Jihad, Israel will respond with force and with determination, not just toward Islamic Jihad but also toward Hamas.
"We advise the Islamic Jihad leadership in Damascus to exercise caution and take control of matters … because you will be the ones who will bear responsibility..."