Iran-Backed Islamic Jihad Calls Israeli Warnings an ‘Act of War’

A Palestinian supporter of the Islamic Jihad movement attends a protest calling for the release of Palestinians held Israeli prisons on March 31, 2008 at the International Red Cross offices in Gaza City. An Israeli minister today called for direct talks with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas aimed at securing …

The Times of Israel reports: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad on Sunday said Israeli threats against the terror group’s leaders constituted “an act of war” and vowed to continue to try to carry out a revenge attack against Israel.

The “threats to target the movement’s leadership is a declaration of war, which we will confront,” Islamic Jihad said, according to a statement carried by its media affiliate Palestine Today News Agency.

On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who runs the Defense Ministry’s chief liaison office with the Palestinians, publicly warned Islamic Jihad not to try to retaliate for Israel’s destruction last month of one of its terror tunnels dug into Israeli territory.

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