He exchange of fire between israeli army and the terrorists Palestinian Islamic Jihad still continues. Little is said about this group, which is often overshadowed by hamas but that shares the same objective: destroy the State of Israel.
What is Palestinian Islamic Jihad?
the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (YIP) was founded in 1981 by members of the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. It has the financial support of the theocratic regime of Irancountry in which he was inspired during the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
The stated goal of the YIP is the destruction of Israel and the establishment of a fully Islamic Palestinian state instead. He believes that this goal can only be achieved through the use of force, and not through diplomacy.
The armed wing of the group is known as Al Quds Brigades, founded in 1992. Since its inception, it has planned and carried out a large number of deadly terrorist attacks against civilians and Israeli military targets. they throw rockets, mortars and missiles from the Gaza Stripplace where it operates, in addition to west bank.
It is based in Damascus and offices in Beirut and Tehran.
What is your relationship with Hamas?
According to an article from Allison Kaplan Sommerpublished this Friday in the Israeli media Haaretz, the role, ideology, and goals of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas are nearly identical, but what differs is their structure. “Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a smaller, more elite and often secretive militia dedicated to armed strugglewhile Hamas is a much larger, community-based organization that assumes full governmental responsibilities in Gaza,” explains Kaplan Sommer.
Both work together to destroy Israel. They are part of a “joint operations room” in which all the Palestinian resistance movements participate. Hamas and the YID lead it as the most numerous and strongest members.
However, due to their differences, the two groups have frequently clashed over strategic issues in recent years, according to Kaplan Sommer. Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and plays a more political role, while the JIP is purely militant. Hamas understands that armed resistance could trigger massive Israeli reprisals, devastate its infrastructure and threaten its control.
Since Hamas is usually more open to dialogue with Israelthe YID accuses her of “Zionist enemy”.
In recent escalations of violence, Hamas claims not to be involved in rocket fire to Israel. According to Kaplan Sommer, the intention is to encourage Israel to attack only YIP facilities in retaliation, and to avoid the targets of Hamas and other broader operations in Gaza.
In any case, for Israel they form a whole and it does not usually make a distinction between the two. Furthermore, since Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, it understands that any attack from there is backed by it.
In the current exchange of fire, messages about Hamas’s involvement have been mixed. Israel exclusively targets the YID and maintains that there is no evidence that Hamas is participating in the attacks.
But from Hamas they assure that they are involved. “Hamas is part of the joint operations room of the factions leading the response to this crime. We will participate in the response against Israel.”they affirm.
According to the medium Haaretzas the number of dead and wounded in the Strip increases, the greater will be the popular pressure for Hamas to assume a greater role in the combats.
The Israeli Army shelled Islamic Jihad military posts and rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip
A rocket fired from Gaza killed a man in central Israel
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