The Israeli army announced that it targeted the Islamic Jihad Organization in its latest attacks against Palestine as part of the “Dawn” operation.
In a statement made by Israeli officials, it was reported that “the army took action in the face of threats from the Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip.”
On the third day of the Gaza attacks, it was announced that the top leader of Islamic Jihad, Khaled Mansur, was killed. It was announced that Teysir al-Jaberi, one of the leading figures of the organization, was killed in Gaza during the Israeli attacks on Friday.
Israel claims that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Organization is gradually deepening its ties with Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad en-Nahhale was in Iran when he authorized the operation on Friday, citing the organization’s threat of attack.
Ziyad en-Nahhale met on Saturday with the General Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Army, Major General Hussein Salami, in Tehran. Selami told en-Nahhale, “We are with you on this road until the end.” what he said was conveyed.
Who is the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Organization?
Defined as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, the Palestine Islamic Jihad Organization was founded in 1981 as an armed Islamic resistance movement against the state of Israel.
Founded by students from the Islamic University of Gaza, the group was seen as a “sister organization” of Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
Both organizations emerged from the “Muslim Brotherhood” movement, which started in Egypt and then spread to the Arab geography.
Islamic Jihad, whose military wing known as the “Jerusalem Brigades” was established in 1992, is known to have a strong presence in Gaza but also in the West Bank.
The founder and first leader of the organization was writer and Doctor Fethi Shikaki, who was killed in Malta in 1995 by Israel’s foreign intelligence service, Mossad.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for numerous suicide attacks targeting Israelis, particularly between 2000 and 2005. The organization attacked a bus on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem expedition in 1989 and 16 people were killed in the attack.
Islamic Jihad, which refuses to negotiate with Israel, strongly opposes the Oslo Agreement. The organization believes that the agreement, which it sees as pro-Israel, harms the Palestinians and their rights.
The organization had operated in coordination with Hamas in the conflicts with Israel last May, but started to act independently of Hamas in the latest Israeli attacks.
Hamas has not responded to Israeli attacks since Friday.