Just days after SOFREP reported a US drone strike in Kabul had caused the death of ISIS leader Ayman al-Zawahri, a new terrorism threat has risen in Israel.

The Politburo of Islamic Jihad (PIJ) released a statement they “will bomb” Israel.

This announcement is related to the arrest of their top leader and another. Last Monday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly arrested a top operative head. According to the statement by Israel’s Border Police and IDF, “two wanted terror suspects” were apprehended, and one of them has been identified as “Sheikh Bassam Al-Saadi.” Meanwhile, 17-year-old Dirar Riyad Al-Hajj Saleh al-Kafrini was killed during the raid.

Israel Defense Forces
The IDF’s paratroopers brigade operates within the Gaza Strip to find and disable Hamas’ network of terror tunnels and eliminate their threat to Israeli civilians. (Source: Israel Defense Forces/Flickr)

During the IDF arrest, they were able to confiscate money, weapons, and ammunition. Fortunately, no Israeli forces were wounded during the operations in the Jenin refugee camp.

As PIJ has lost a central figure in their operations, they are retaliating with a threat to bomb Israel’s business district.

Khaled al-Batsh (خالد البطش), a member of the PIJ and the organization’s leader in Gaza, said in an interview with The Media Line that they are looking to expand their attacks and will not “settle for attacking around Gaza.”

“We have every right to bomb Israel with our most advanced weapons, and make the occupier pay a heavy price. We will not settle for attacking around Gaza, but we will bomb the center of the so-called State of Israel.”

Al-Batsh has been working with civilians who support PIJ and organized a mass rally in Gaza on July 26 to support Palestinian prisoners held captive by the IDF. The rally featured banners with imprints like, “We will not fail our heroic prisoners.”