Israeli Navy Foils Iranian Attempt to Smuggle Advanced Weapons, Especially Long-Range Rockets, to the Gaza Strip (Initial report based on information from the IDF Spokesman)

Issued on 05/03/2014 Type Article
In the early morning hours of March 5, 2014, Israeli commando and naval fighters stopped a commercial vessel. It was stopped in the Red Sea near the Eritrea-Sudan naval border, about 1,500 kilometers, or about 810 nautical miles, from the Israeli coast.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 26 – March 4, 2014)

Issued on 04/03/2014 Type Article
This past week a young Israeli man was stabbed in the back at a gas station near the Geha Interchange east of Tel Aviv. Israeli Air Force aircraft struck two terrorist squads in the Gaza Strip as part of Israel's efforts to prevent rocket fire. In one instance a squad was struck as it was making final preparation to fire rockets into Israel. According to an initial report, an Egyptian court designated Hamas as a terrorist organization. The ruling has to be ratified by the Egyptian government

Violence and Terrorism in Judea and Samaria, 2013: Data, Characteristics and Trends

Issued on 26/02/2014 Type Article
In 2013 there was a significant increase in the scope of violence and terrorism in Judea, Samaria and the Jerusalem area. According to data from the Israel Security Agency (ISA), in 2013 there were 1,271 terrorist attacks, as compared with 578 in 2012 (a year in which violence and terrorism also increased).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 19 – 25, 2014)

Issued on 25/02/2014 Type Article
This past week no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. A powerful IED planned for an attack on IDF forces operating near the security fence was discovered and neutralized. Masked Palestinians confronted Israeli police on the Temple Mount. Mahmoud Abbas met with John Kerry twice this past week.

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.
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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.