Why Is Israel Worried About Gaza?

by Micha Gefen

From the moment the IDF arrested Bassem Saadi a senior Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin as well as his son in law Ashraf al-Jada, Israel’s leadership has been bracing for an attack from Gaza.

For over three days, the IDF has put a general closure on the communities bordering Gaza. The IDF claims the reason for this is a direct threat of sniping attempts on Israeli civilians.

The closures have angered residents in the area.

Despite the threats of a massive revenge attack – the border continues to be quiet.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi lodged a complaint against the government for its actions:

“Terrorists must be eliminated and threats must be neutralized. The citizens of the State of Israel, especially the residents of the Gaza envelope and Sderot, should not be held hostage by any terrorist organization, they are heroes who have been living on a difficult security front for over two decades.”

“It is inconceivable that for three days there will be tension near the borders, roads are closed, trains are canceled and businesses are losing their livelihoods. At the same time, I demand from the government to approve tonight the compensation of residents and business owners for these days.”

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