United States envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted, "Extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very unsafe". This included the Black Arrow, Givat Hapa'amon and Nizmit sites, an IDF spokesperson said. That scenario could develop at any moment, and hence the deployment of the Iron Dome units, which will be used to deflect the Gaza missiles fired at Israeli population centers.
The economic heart of the country, Tel Aviv has not been targeted by a Gazan rocket since the 2014 Gaza War.
It has been released for publication today (Tuesday) that one of the Iron Dome batteries that were deployed across central Israel has been stationed in Gush Dan, also known as the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.
The Iron Dome system, which is created to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars, was deployed to counter the threats made by Islamic Jihad, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath. The Palestinian terror group has vowed revenge. The batteries were deployed as part of the IDF's reinforcement efforts following the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's threats in response to the terror tunnel strike in Gaza.
In the video, Mordechai said that Israel is "aware of the plot that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is planning against Israel", and warned that "any attack by the Islamic Jihad will be met with a powerful and determined Israeli response, not only against the Jihad, but also against Hamas".
IDF Southern Commander General Yoav Mordechai over the weekend issued a warning to Islamic Jihad not to act in response to the demolition of the tunnel.
Israel believes that the terror group is set on avenging the deaths of those terrorists, and security officials said that when Israel responds to that vengeance attack - which is likely to be high profile - with a major military action in Gaza, Islamic Jihad, and probably Hamas, will probably begin firing missiles at Israeli civilian communities.
The group said that the tunnel, which had been detected using newly implemented advanced technology and destroyed in a controlled explosion inside Israeli territory, had been under construction "for years".
Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Monday condemned a United Nations envoy for "holding Palestinian groups accountable for every tension with Israel". Hazem Atallah, the Palestinian national police commander, on Wednesday cast doubt on whether the reconciliation agreement can be carried out, warning that his forces cannot guarantee law and order unless Hamas disarms in Gaza.
The Iranian-backed group has threatened to carry out attacks after the tunnel was demolished last month, killing a dozen militants.
"The Islamic Jihad will have a hard time holding back", said the unnamed senior official. "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 strong hand against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any theater".