Ambassador Erdan
Ambassador ErdanAlexi Rosenfeld

During his remarks at the opening of Yad Vashem's Book of Names exhibit at the United Nations on Thursday, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan addressed the Israel Defense Forces operation against Islamic Jihad terrorists, who were plotting a major attack against Israelis, in Jenin.

"There are those that are working to erase the memory and lessons that must be learned from our horrific atrocity. They question the right of the Jewish people and the Jewish State to protect ourselves. Just today, we witnessed another example - one of thousands - of Israel defending itself against terrorists in Jenin preparing to carry out an attack against innocent Jews,” said Erdan.

“I expect the international community to stand behind the Jewish people defending ourselves in the Jewish State, as this is one of the most fundamental lessons learned from the Holocaust. The tragedy of the Jewish people. This is the embodiment of Never Again," he added.

Meanwhile on Thursday evening, the Palestinian Authority announced it was halting security coordination with Israel over the raid.

The move was announced by the PA’s deputy cabinet leader, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, who said that “security coordination with the occupation government no longer exists as of now,” in light of the "repeated aggression against our people, and the undermining of signed agreements."

Abu Rudeineh also said that the PA intended to file another complaint with the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court over Thursday morning's raid.

Later on Thursday, terrorists fired a barrage of rockets towards southern Israel.

Shortly before midnight, sirens were sounded in the city of Ashkelon and in Kibbutz Zikim and Karmia. The IDF confirmed that two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip and were intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array.

There were no initial reports of physical injuries or damages.