News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 12 – 18, 2014)

Issued on 18/02/2014 Type Article
This past week rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continued. In Judea and Samaria violent "popular resistance" attacks continued. On February 16, 2014, there was an explosion on a tourist bus a few dozen yards from the Taba terminal on the Egyptian side of the border.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 5 – 11, 2014)

Issued on 11/02/2014 Type Article
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continues. The past week four rocket hits were identified in the western Negev. In response, the IDF struck terrorist targets. Senior Hamas figures claimed they were making an effort to preserve the lull. in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem "popular resistance" violence continues.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 29 – February 4, 2014)

Issued on 04/02/2014 Type Article
This past week two rocket hits were identified in Israeli territory, one in the region of Eilat (In response Israeli Air Force aircraft struck a number of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas, , made an attempt to send "softened" messages that would resonate with American and Israeli public opinion. Hamas, however, rushed to reiterate that it would not relinquish an inch of Palestinian soil or renounce the armed struggle.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 22 – 28, 2014)

Issued on 28/01/2014 Type Article
This past week no rocket hits from the Gaza Strip were identified in Israeli territory. On the other hand according to the Israel Security Agency annual report, in 2013 there was a significant increase in the scope of terrorist activity in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 15 – 21, 2014)

Issued on 21/01/2014 Type Article
Escalation in attacks on Israel's south continues. This past week 13 rocket hits were identified in the western Negev, including a simultaneous barrage of five rockets targeting the region of the southern city of Ashqelon. In addition, two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at Eilat. During December the Israeli security forces prevented the formation of a squad in Judea and Samaria planning to abduct Israeli soldiers.

Israeli Arabs and Palestinians Join the Ranks of the Rebels in Syria, Mainly Organizations Affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Global Jihad *

Issued on 19/01/2014 Type Article
In our assessment, so far about 20 Israeli Arabs have joined the ranks of the rebels in Syria, as well as 30 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and a few from Judea and Samaria. There are also several dozen Palestinians from the refugee camps in Lebanon who have joined the rebels (especially from Ein al-Hilweh near Sidon) and Palestinians from Syria and Jordan. Most of them are apparently Salafi-jihadists who join organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad.
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.