IDF Arrests Senior Commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group

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Tensions have risen between Israel and Islamic Jihad after the army blew up a tunnel that stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on October 30.

If it holds, the deal will allow the Fatah-led Palestinian government in Ramallah to assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip.

General Yoav Mordechai, head of an Israeli defence ministry unit responsible for activities in the Palestinian territories, said in an Arabic-language video distributed late Saturday that Israel "destroyed a terror tunnel in Israeli sovereign territory".

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These new threats come as calm prevails in the Gaza Strip due to the role assumed by Egypt in preventing the deterioration of the situation for the sake of the success of the Palestinian reconciliation. We are aware of ongoing efforts by the Palestine Islamic Jihad against Israel. The Gaza-based group also has presence in the West Bank.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to "take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any area".

In response, the Islamic Jihad vowed to carry out attacks, calling the Israeli threats an "act of war". Ten members of the group died in the tunnel.

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Israel said it is holding the bodies of five Palestinians killed in last month's tunnel attack in Gaza.

Earlier on Monday, the Israeli military elevated the level of preparedness near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza.

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