Greenblatt: Islamic Jihad's provocations harm Gazans

Trump's special representative for international negotiations criticizes Islamic Jihad over its threats against Israel.

Elad Benari ,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt

Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's special representative for international negotiations, reacted on Monday evening to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group's threats against Israel in the wake of the IDF destroying a terrorist tunnel which led from Gaza into Israeli territory.

“Extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very dangerous. The PA must resume full responsibility in Gaza. US is working with the PA, Israel, Egypt & others to try to improve the situation. Gaza deserves better,” he tweeted.

The Islamic Jihad lost a senior commander and several other terrorists when Israel blew up the terrorist tunnel two weeks ago. Since then, the group has threatened Israel, warning that its “response” to Israel over its destruction of the terror tunnel was ready.

On Saturday, Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), warned the terrorist organizations in Gaza that Israel will respond to any act of retaliation for the destruction of the terror tunnel.

"We are aware of the plot being waged by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad against Israel. They are playing with fire on the backs of the residents of the Gaza Strip and at the expense of internal Palestinian reconciliation and the region as a whole,” Mordechai said in an Arabic-language video he posted to YouTube.

"It should be clear," he added, "that for every Islamic Jihad response, wherever it is, Israel will respond with force and determination, not only to the Jihad but also to Hamas."

The Islamic Jihad later responded to Mordechai's warnings and said they were not afraid of Israel, asserting that they “have the ability and tools to strike" the Jewish state.

Under the recent reconciliation agreement signed between Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and Hamas, the PA is to resume full control of Hamas-controlled Gaza by December 1.

Abbas has demanded that the armed militias in Gaza disarm as part of the implementation of the agreement. Hamas rejects the demand.