WATCH: Israel’s Iron Dome Takes Out Iran-Backed Islamic Jihad Missiles

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Israel Friday night launched its Iron Dome batteries on rockets fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Iran-backed terror group in Gaza.

PIJ took responsibility for launching it said 100 rockets from the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by another Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas.

Most of the rockets were fired around 9:00 p.m. and targeted towns and villages near Gaza, although some were pointed further north, according to Israeli army radio, as far as the town of Rishon LeTsiyon, south of Tel Aviv.

Some of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, which has protected Israeli population centers from most of the missiles fired by Palestinian terrorists in recent conflicts.

Others exploded in Gaza without entering Israeli airspace. Israeli army radio reported that PIJ’s missiles are more primitive than the missiles Hamas has used in previous conflicts.

The Iron Dome missile system is receiving funding from US President Joe Biden, who visited an Iron Dome battery during his visit to Israel last month.

US President Joe Biden (C), along with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (L) and Interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid (2nd R), walks past US Defense Attaché in Israel, Brigadier General Shawn A. Harris (R), for a Iron Beam laser defense system (L) and an Iron Dome battery (R) during a tour of the Jewish state’s defense systems at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on July 13, 2022. – Biden embarked on his first tour of the Middle East today since he left the White House last year. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/TNZT) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/TNZT via Getty Images)

The PIJ missile launches were in response to an Israeli military operation called Operation Breaking Dawn that sought to prevent PIJ from launching what the Israeli government said were imminent attacks.

Israel launched its airstrikes Friday afternoon and killed PIJ leader Taysir al-Jabari – just days after the US killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan.

Tabari “was in charge of the terrorist group’s missile arsenal and was the group’s primary coordinator at Hamas,” the president said. Jerusalem Post reported.

It is unclear whether and to what extent the conflict will escalate. Israel is preparing for the possibility of further rocket attacks.

Israel faces elections this fall, a factor that could have played a role in Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s decision to launch the operation, as his party faces a strong challenge from the opposition Likud party, led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The conflict is Gaza’s second war in as many years, following four years of calm during President Donald Trump’s tenure.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7pm to 10pm ET (4pm to 7pm PT). He is the author of the recent ebook Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is winner of the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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