Amid an upsurge of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank that has raised concerns over a possible Third Intifada, Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad on Sunday threatened to renew suicide bombing attacks against Israeli citizens and soldiers.
A chilling video released by the group's armed al-Quds Brigades entitled "Letter number 1," shows a member of the group purportedly preparing for a suicide bombing - the gruesome act which claimed the lives of hundred of Israelis during the Second Intifada.
In the professionally edited footage, which made rounds on social media on Sunday, sweeping views of the flashpoint Temple Mount compound and clips of turmoil are interspersed with frames of a terrorist assembling an explosive belt.
The nearly minute-long video ends with the depicted terrorist, dressed in an IDF uniform with a large black backpack, approach a bus station and wait alongside Israeli soldiers as a bus approaches. The scene then fades out and the words "Al-Quds Brigades" and "Letter number 1" appear in bother Arabic and Hebrew, apparently as a seminal warning.
The video was released after Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the killing of an off-duty IDF soldier and rabbi
in the Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday.
The Al-Quds Brigades labeled the attack as a "heroic attack."
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a series of punitive measures
aimed at deterring Palestinians from carrying out attacks similar to the spate of deadly assaults which killed four Israelis in the last week.