Spotlight on IranSpotlight on Iran* (August 29 – September 11, 2016)

Issued on 11/09/2016 Type Article
enior Iranian officials recently stated that Iran would not agree to cut off the support Iran gave through the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to the "resistance front" as part of the negotiations held with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). At least six IRGC fighters were killed in Syria during the past two weeks, two of them high-ranking officers. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Qods Force, went to south Aleppo this past week and met with fighters from the Iraqi Shi'ite Harakat al-Nujaba militia to discuss the military campaign waged by supporters of the Assad regime.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 31 – September 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/09/2016 Type Article
Palestinian popular terrorism continues. This past week stabbing attacks were prevented (in the Old City of Jerusalem and Hebron. This past week there was a series of shooting attacks (carried out by Gazans using light arms and one using a sniper rifle). They targeted IDF forces engaged in routine security activities near the border security fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 24 – 30, 2016)

Issued on 30/08/2016 Type Article
The main terrorist event last week was a stabbing attack carried out during the pursuit of a Palestinian who threw stones at an IDF vehicle near the village of Yitzhar (south of Nablus). The local elections in Judea and Samaria are supposed to be held on October 8, 2016.

Spotlight on Iran* (August 14-28, 2016)

Issued on 28/08/2016 Type Article
Iran allowed the Russian air force to use its base at Hamedan (western Iran) for air strikes in Syria. A high ranking commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed Iran had established a "Shi'ite liberation army" operating in Syria, Iraq and Yemen under the command of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC's Qods Force. He said the objective of the "liberation army" was to ensure that Israel would not exist within 23 years. Osama Hamdan, responsible for Hamas' international relations, claimed the relations between Iran and Hamas had improved. He denied a report in a Saudi Arabian-sponsored newspaper that Tehran had conditioned Iran's continued financial support of Hamas on a pledge of loyalty to Iran.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 17 – 23, 2016)

Issued on 23/08/2016 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the rocket attack targeting the southern Israeli city of Sderot. A Salafi jihadist network and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) issued separate claims of responsibility for the attack. Israel and Hamas both made it clear that they did not want the hostilities to escalate.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 10-16, 2016)

Issued on 16/08/2016 Type Article
This past week prominent terrorist events were a stabbing attack in the A-Tor neighborhood of east Jerusalem and two attempted stabbing attacks, one at a roadblock near the community of Shaked (northern Samaria) and the other at a roadblock in Hebron. The Israeli security forces recently exposed a number of terrorist squads in Judea and Samaria recruited by Hamas operatives from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
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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.