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Israel arrests senior Islamic Jihad leader as tensions rise

14 Noviembre 2017

Mordechai said, "We are aware of the plot that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group has been planning against Israel".

At least twelve Palestinians were killed in an explosion on 30 October after the Israeli army destroyed a tunnel, which it said was in the process of being dug from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, which borders Israel.

The Israeli army has deployed anti-rocket batteries of its "Iron Dome" air defense system at key points in the country to guard against retaliation by the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, Israeli media reported late Monday.

Netanyahu's remarks came on the heels of a Saturday night Arabic-language video issued by Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of a defence ministry unit responsible for activities in the Palestinian territories.

"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.

The arrest comes is tension between Israel and the Islamic Jihad are high. "We will react forcefully to whoever tries to attack us or attacks us from any arena".

"I say this to every entity, rogue faction, organization - every one".

If it holds, the deal will allow the Fatah-led Palestinian government in Ramallah to assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip. They are playing with fire at the expense of the residents of Gaza, the Palestinian reconciliation efforts, and the stability of the entire region. "We will respond to it", the militant movement said in a Sunday statement, stressing it had "the right to respond" to the blowing up of the tunnel. The Gaza-based group also has presence in the West Bank.

In October, Hamas and Fatah signed an Egypt-sponsored deal to restore the PA's governing authority in Gaza.

Israel arrests senior Islamic Jihad leader as tensions rise