IDF Deploys Iron Dome Amid Threat From Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group

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The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the anti-missile systems had been installed in central Israel, but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy, Times of Israel reports.

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. However, despite Hamas' inflammatory rhetoric against Israel, the movement has not officially claimed responsibility for any military action from Gaza against Israel since the 2014 war.

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's special representative for global negotiations, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that "extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very risky".

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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.

Coordinator of Israeli Government Activities in the Occupied Territories Yoav Mordechai announced yesterday that Israel is expecting Islamic Jihad to retaliate.

The Israeli army indicated on Saturday they were aware of a "plot" by Islamic Jihad to retaliate against Israel for the destruction of the tunnel two weeks earlier and also warned Hamas, which governs Gaza, that it would respond forcefully. "Israel has killed 12 Palestinians in Gaza and another one in the West (Bank) over the last two weeks ..."

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The Israel Defense Forces blew up the tunnel, which originated in the Gazan city of Khan Younis and crossed into Israeli territory, near Kibbutz Kissufim, on October 30.

The army said later that killing the terrorists was not the primary objective of the tunnel demolition.

In a vow to respond with equal measure, Islamic Jihad urged "Israel's threats don't scare us". "It is playing with fire at the expense of the citizens of Gaza, at the expense of Palestinian reconciliation and at the expense of the entire region". "It has many tunnels and many options", senior PIJ member Ahmad al-Mudalal warned.

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Senior defense officials have reason to believe that Islamic Jihad is planning a revenge attack.

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