Abu Sharif said the PIJ had been developing its military might on a daily basis since it came to existence in 1981, which had become a source of grave concern for Israeli leaders.
“As the Zionists acknowledged, the Islamic Jihad came out of the recent war successfully. This was a clear indication of the movement’s growing power,” he pointed out.
Abu Sharif hailed a coordinated response by the Palestinian resistance faction to the Israeli raids, saying, “Although we suffered losses, the war brought unity to the Palestinian resistance groups which was very important.”
The Palestinian envoy said the recent Israeli aggression on Gaza and the Islamic Jihad was aimed at “restoring the exhausted power of Israel’s army, forging an alliance among political parties, and fostering unity among Israelis”.
He noted that Israeli society “was falling apart” and that Israeli authorities had admitted that they were facing a “grave crisis”.
“Zionist society is divided and a gap is widening between ultra-orthodox and secular Jews,” Abu Sharif said, adding that the issue had grown into “a big challenge” for Israeli leaders.