The leader of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Sunday said rocket attacks and suicide bombings against Israeli targets will continue, despite an Israeli offensive in the northern Gaza Strip. In a statement posted on the Islamic Jihad Web site, Ramadan Shalah said Islamic Jihad considers rocket fire a "direct threat" to Israel. "Therefore firing rockets will continue," he said. He also said the organization was making efforts to infiltrate Israel with suicide bombers from the West Bank. "The nonstop crackdown against our resistance might limit this effort, but it's not going to stop it," he said. Israel has stepped up an offensive in northern Gaza aimed at halting the rocket fire. Shalah, who lives in exile in Syria, spoke while attending a conference in Iran. His comments were published ahead of a meeting in Gaza between Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and rival factions, including Islamic Jihad. On Saturday, Secretary of the Islamic Jihad Ramadan Shalah said that any threat to Iran was a threat to the Palestinians. In an interview to Iranian television, Shalah vowed that Teheran "would not stand alone" in face of international action.