The suicide bombing in Hadera was a response to the IDF's assassination of Louie Sa'adi, commander of Islamic Jihad's military wing the al-Quds Brigades in the West Bank, Abu al-Muaman, one of the organization's leaders in the Bank, told Ynet.
Islamic Jihad officially claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in the Hadera market, killing five people and injuring at least 20.
"This attack is merely a preliminary response by the Palestinian rebellious groups, and harder retaliation is on its way," he said.
In an interview to Ynet, Abu-Muaman stated Israel should expect an "earth shaking" response to Sa'adi's killing. The Islamic Jihad will not accept a situation in which its men are being assassinated without the organization has the right to respond to Israeli aggression, he added.
An Islamic Jihad leader in the Gaza Strip, Khaled al-Batash said that "the bombing was a blessed operation, carried out by blessed hands." Al-Batash also claimed that the strike constituted a response to Saadi's killing, saying that it was another reaction to Israeli violations of the calm agreed upon in the West Bank.
Security sources in the PA said that all signs indicated that the suicide bombing was indeed initiated and carried out by the Islamic Jihad, and specifically to the organization's infrastructure in the West Bank town of Tul Karm, where Sa'adi operated, and from which the recent attacks in Tel Aviv and Netanya have been launched.