Islamic Jihad: We Held Our Fire in the Latest Violence (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/23/12)
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The Islamic Jihad terror movement claimed on Friday that it held its
fire during recent Israeli raids on Gaza because the attacks were
limited in scale, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported on
The IAF launched a series of airstrikes in response to continuous
rocket attacks on southern Israel this week. One attack targeting
operatives riding a bicycle through the region eliminated two Islamic
Ma’an noted that the Islamic Jihad did not respond but that the
military wings of other Gaza-based terror groups, including Hamas,
fired rockets into southern Israel.
Islamic Jihad leader Nafeth Azzam told Ma´an, “The escalation was not
huge like the previous time, but we were ready and always available.
We were not pressured by any side whether to participate or not.”
Political analyst Yahya Rabbah told Ma’an that in the last round of
violence the Islamic Jihad “took the entire burden of facing the
occupation as most of the martyrs and the injured were its leaders
and no one stood beside it until a truce was made through Egyptian
In March, terror gangs in Gaza led by the Islamic Jihad fired over
200 rockets into Israel over a period of four days, following the
targeted killing of Popular Resistance Committee leader Zuhir Musa
Ahmed Qaisi and his deputy, Mahmoud Ahmed Mahmoud Hanani.
He suggested that Islamic Jihad stayed on the sidelines this week “to
see how others would face the Israeli aggression.”
Analyst Akram Atallah told Ma’an that the Islamic Jihad did not
respond to the Israeli raids on Monday because it was still abiding
by a previous truce – which was broken several times.
“Suddenly the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, shelled
Israeli villages and areas near Gaza but Islamic Jihad stayed
committed (to the truce),” Atallah said, suggesting that Hamas
resumed rocket fire on Israel after making political calculations
related to Egypt´s presidential elections.
He said Hamas fired rockets to test Israel´s reaction in light of
regional changes, and for this reason the Islamic Jihad did not
The Islamic Jihad has claimed it has rockets that can reach Tel Aviv
and has threatened that it is ready to expand the reach of its rocket
fire "beyond the Israeli town of Ashdod." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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