The Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad has been behind much of the violent ferment in Gaza that threatens to derail the unofficial ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday, quoting the IDF in an online Arabic statement.
“In recent weeks, we have monitored increasing attempts by the Islamic Jihad movement to destabilize the security situation in the Gaza Strip,” wrote spokesperson Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee.
“The activities of the radical Islamic Jihad movement risk… the attempts to improve the civilian reality in the Gaza Strip,” he added.
The Israeli military believes the recent shooting attacks on its troops — including sniper fire at an Israeli commander, who was hit in the helmet by a bullet earlier in the week— were instigated by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It is the second largest terror group in Gaza, and financed largely by Tehran.