Israel warns Gaza militants against revenge attack

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

Two of the dead belonged to the military wing of Hamas, with the other ten from Islamic Jihad. Referring to the Israeli operation on October 30, he said that Israel "destroyed a terror tunnel in Israeli sovereign territory".

"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 react forcefully to whoever tries to attack us or attacks us from any arena".

The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major-General Yoav Mordechai sends a stern message to the Gaza terrorist regime. "I mean anyone - rebel factions, organisations, anyone", he said in an apparent reference to Islamic Jihad. "In any event, we see Hamas responsible for any attack launched or organized from the Gaza Strip against us".

The arrest comes is tension between Israel and the Islamic Jihad are high. They are playing with fire at the expense of the residents of Gaza, the Palestinian reconciliation efforts, and the stability of the entire region. To the leadership of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Damascus, Ramadan Shalah and Ziad Nakhaleh, we say: "take matters quickly into your own hands because you are the ones who will be held accountable".

Israel is building in settlements around the West Bank, where the Palestinians want to establish a state.

The Gaza front has been relatively peaceful for Israel since 2014 when more than 2100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis were killed in a 50-day war. Hamas and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation deal on October 12 aiming to end their decade-long split.

Meanwhile, the head of the Energy Authority, Zafer Melhem, said that work is underway to rehabilitate of electricity network in the Gaza Strip and the minute the plan is ready, it will be presented to the Council of Ministers for approval and then to securing funding for it from the donors.

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