The IDF has closed 3 tourist areas near the Gaza security fence, including the Zikim Beach, and has deployed Iron Dome batteries in the Gush Dan region, encompassing Tel Aviv and central Israel, in anticipation of a possible attack by the Islamic Jihad terror group, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.
The precautionary measures were taken against a revenge attack for the IDF’s recent explosion of a terror tunnel deep into Israel’s sovereign territory, that killed 14 Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorists.
In Gaza, Hamas has begun to hang pictures of its terrorists killed in last month’s detonation of the Islamic Jihad terror tunnel.
Speaking during an Award Ceremony for Excellence in Technology Tuesday evening, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot warned “the current reality obliges us to look at the various challenges.
“Beyond the northern border, the fighting in Syria is continuing, which is being exploited by Iran and Hezbollah to set up positions. The IDF faces a wide range of threats that are close by and far away,” Eisenkot said.
The heightened security arrangements began on Monday night when Israel deployed Iron Dome batteries in the southern area of the country.
On Saturday night, Israel promised to respond to any revenge attack with “power and determination.”
Warning the Islamic Jihad in Arabic that it is “playing with fire” in a video posted online, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai stressed that Israel would respond to any attack against the group itself and Hamas. “We will respond with force against Hamas,” Mordechai said.
The next day, members of the terror group said the threats were are tantamount to “a declaration of war.”