Spotlight on Iran* (April 23 – May 7, 2017)

Issued on 07/05/2017 Type Article
The commander of the IRGC's ground forces said his fighters would continue to serve as advisors in Syria alongside the Qods Force. Iran denounced the April 27, 2017 attack on Hezbollah arms storehouses near the Damascus airfield. Gholam Hossein Karbaschi, former mayor of Tehran, caused an uproar in Iran by publicly criticizing Iranian's military involvement in Syria. Iran denounced Turkey's aerial attacks on targets in northern Iraq affiliated with the Turkish underground on April 26, 2017. Iran and the Palestinian Authority (PA) fiercely criticized one another after an advisor to the Iranian foreign minister accused the PA chairman.

A Hamas-affiliated news agency posted a video on Facebook of the charged confrontation in the Israeli Knesset between bereaved families and Knesset members.

Issued on 27/04/2017 Type Article
The operators of the Facebook page of the Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency recently posted a video published on the Israeli Walla News website. The video shows a hearing of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) State Control Committee. The hearing, intended to discuss the lessons of Operation Protective Edge, was held in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with the participation of bereaved parents.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 20 – 25, 2017)*

Issued on 25/04/2017 Type Article
This past week popular terrorism attacks continued. Tension continues between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) after Mahmoud Abbas instituted economic measures to exert pressure on Hamas and weaken its control of the Gaza Strip.

Resignation of Suhail al-Hindi, chairman of the UNRWA staff union in the Gaza Strip, after exposure of his election to Hamas' new Gazan political bureau

Issued on 24/04/2017 Type Article
On April 22, 2017, Dr. Suhail al-Hindi, chairman of the UNRWA staff union in the Gaza Strip and principal of an UNRWA boys' elementary school, announced he was taking early retirement. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness also announced that Suhail al-Hindi was no longer employed by the agency. Al-Hindi was forced to resign in the wake of the extensive media and political reactions to his election to Hamas' new political bureau in the Gaza Strip (in violation of UNRWA's opposition to its employees' affiliation with Hamas or other organizations).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 5 – 19, 2017)

Issued on 19/04/2017 Type Article
During the past two weeks popular terrorism attacks continued, resulting in the deaths of an IDF soldier and a female British student. Tensions recently flared between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Palestinian Prisoners' Day passed without exceptional incident.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 29 – April 4, 2017)*

Issued on 04/04/2017 Type Article
This past week popular terrorism attacks increased in Judea and Samaria, and apparently in central Israel as well. Hamas' new political platform, which was supposed to be made public in the near future, was leaked to the Lebanese media.
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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.