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Ex-IDF intel chief says he doesn’t expect ceasefire with Islamic Jihad soon

Rockets being fired by Islamic Jihad toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)
Rockets being fired by Islamic Jihad toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, on August 5, 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)

A former head of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate says he doesn’t expect a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad before the Tisha B’Av fast day, which begins tonight and lasts through Sunday evening.

I’d be surprised if PIJ misses the opportunity, tomorrow, on Tisha B’Av, to fire on Jerusalem — so I don’t expect a ceasefire before then, Amos Yadlin tells Channel 12 news.

“Most of the achievements [of this conflict] are already behind us.” So, Israel shouldn’t be asking for a ceasefire, but should be open to one, he says.

Yadlin says that the longer it goes on, the harder the mission of only hitting PIJ, and the greater the risk of something going wrong.

Director General of the National Security Studies (INSS) Amos Yadlin speaks at a protest against then-Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2020. (Miriam Alster/ Flash90)

Israel has said it is focused only on targeting PIJ, and not Gaza’s rulers, Hamas.

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