IDF stations Iron Dome battery in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

Report Islamic Jihad raises state of readiness to 'highest level'

IDF stations Iron Dome battery in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

The batteries are one of several measures taken by the army to raise its alert level and response capabilities amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization since the army demolished the terrorist group's border-crossing attack tunnel last month.

The army confirmed on Monday the anti-missile systems were installed in "central Israel", but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy. "The enemy's terror and threats do not frighten us and will not deter our leadership from the path of Jihad-the principle of our defense and resistance", PIJ warned Israel.

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.

Among those killed in the tunnel demolition were top Islamic Jihad terrorist Arafat Marshad, head of the group's military wing, and his deputy, Hassan Abu Hasnin.

The arrest came after the country threatened that it would respond to a possible attack in response to Israel's destroying a cross-border tunnel two weeks ago, killing 10 of the group's fighters and two belonging to Hamas.

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On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who runs the Defense Ministry's chief liaison office with the Palestinians, publicly warned Islamic Jihad in a video posted to YouTube. The group realizes that by taking action against Israel it was likely to elicit an Israeli response - which would, among other things, nearly certainly destroy the nascent reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups not to attack Israel.

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.

And while PIJ may be under pressure by Hamas to restrain itself, PIJ is not a signatory to the reconciliation deal and may choose to attack Israel knowing that Hamas will be the target of any Israeli retaliation.

But the Al-Hayat report said that Islamic Jihad was undecided on what to do in the wake of the tunnel demolition. The IDF believes that the group is planning a major terror attack, but by doing so, "it is playing with fire on the backs of Gaza residents, and at the expense of its reconciliation with the Palestinian Authority". While the tunnels in Gaza are used by Hamas as a source of tax revenue and inflow of weapons, they also supply highly demanded necessities for Gazans - who have been trapped under Israeli siege for a decade - including food, medicine, and much-needed infrastructure materials.

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