Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group Vows Revenge Against Israel Over Tunnel Destruction

Abbas: We Will Back One State for All People If 'Endangered' Two-State Solution Fails

Abbas: We Will Back One State for All People If 'Endangered' Two-State Solution Fails

Israeli forces arrest a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist in Samaria, as tensions between the Jewish state and the terror group run high. Tareq Qa'adan was arrested Sunday night in the village of Araba, south of Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

There has been a war of words between Israel and the terrorist group, following Israel's destruction of the Islamic Jihad's terror tunnel in Gaza that extended across the border towards Kibbutz Kissufim, which killed a number of Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorists. He has previously served time in Israeli prisons for terror offenses.

According to Palestinian media, Hamas encouraged Islamic Jihad to abstain from retaliating both in order to prevent further escalation with Israel and to prevent the reconciliation talks it has been conducting with the Palestinian Authority from falling apart.

The IDF two weeks ago detonated a terrorist tunnel in Israeli territory, an area under Israeli Sovereignty.

The Palestinian terror group has vowed revenge.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Israel's weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, "There are those who still amuse themselves these days by trying to renew attacks against Israel".

General Yoav Mordechai, head of an Israeli defence ministry unit responsible for activities in the Palestinian territories, said in an Arabic-language video distributed late Saturday that Israel "destroyed a terror tunnel in Israeli sovereign territory".

In his YouTube message, Mordechai referred to those reconciliation efforts, saying the Palestinian Islamic Jihad was "playing with fire" and potentially threatening them, as well as the safety of Gaza Strip residents. "We will take a very strong hand against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any sector".

The IDF is on high alert on the border with Gaza in anticipation of a Palestinian attack.

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