Israel on high alert, deploys Iron Dome batteries against missile attack


Israel remained on high alert Tuesday, Nov. 14, after deploying Iron Dome batteries in the center of the country as well as the south, against threatened Jihad Islami and Hamas missile attacks on towns in southern and central Israel.

The US presidential envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt tweeted a warning Tuesday: 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.

Meanwhile, both organizations are tensely following the slightest IDF moves around the Gaza Stri. The Israeli military began an exercise Sunday, which is due to wind down on Wednesday.  They are taking into account that the IDF could use the drill for a surprise attack on a target of theirs. Hamas and Jihad have jointly decided in that case to let loose with a large-scale missile attack on Israeli cities. Hamas was prompted to team up with Jihad by dire political and financial straits on a downward spiral.

The reconciliation process with the Palestinian Authority and the rival Fatah has stalled. The transfer of the Gaza border crossings to the Palestinian Authority, in which high hopes were pinned,  has not taken place. And there are no signs that the handover of the administration in Gaza City will take place as scheduled on Dec. 1.

Full article: Israel on high alert, deploys Iron Dome batteries against missile attack (DEBKAfile)

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