What Direction Will the Current Wave of Palestinian Terrorism Take? Possible future trends expressed in Palestinian political and media discourse (Updated to October 28, 2015)

Issued on 28/10/2015 Type Article
After approximately a month and a half of violence and terrorism in Israel, Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestinian media still deal intensively with events. What Israel regards as a wave of violence and terrorism is consistently represented by the Palestinians as the "executions" of innocent civilians rebelling against Israel and engaged in a "popular resistance."

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 21 – 27, 2015)

Issued on 27/10/2015 Type Article
The wave of Palestinian violence and terrorism that began about a month and a half ago continued this week and was characterized by a series of lone-terrorist stabbing attacks. On October 24, 2015, John Kerry, the American secretary of state, met separately in Amman, Jordan, with Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the PA, and King Abdallah of Jordan. Kerry announced a series of measures Israel promised to institute to de-escalate the violence on the Temple Mount.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 14 – 20, 2015)

Issued on 20/10/2015 Type Article
This past week the wave of terrorism and violence continued, focusing on Beersheba (shooting attack), Jerusalem, Hebron and the Etzion Bloc (stabbing and vehicular attacks). The wave of terrorism has been accompanied by riots in Judea and Samaria and in a number of locations in the northern and central Gaza Strip near the border security fence.

The Fatal Results of Palestinian Popular Terrorism: Analysis of Israeli deaths during the six years of the "popular resistance" strategy, what the Palestinian Authority calls "peaceful resistance"

Issued on 15/10/2015 Type Article
During the past month Israel has witnessed an intense wave of popular terrorism, part of what the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah call the "popular resistance." Most of the attacks have been carried out by lone Palestinian attackers without terrorist records.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 8 – 13, 2015)

Issued on 13/10/2015 Type Article
This past week the wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence that began more than a month ago during the Jewish High Holidays reached new heights. The current wave of terrorism, feeding off itself, is intensifying.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 21 – October 7, 2015)

Issued on 07/10/2015 Type Article
During the past two weeks the wave of popular terrorism (the "popular resistance") increased and worsened, with shooting attacks which exceeded the "popular resistance's" modus operandi. Hamas plays a central role in inciting Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks with the objective of initiating a "third intifada" in Judea and Samaria (while at the same time maintaining quiet in the Gaza Strip serves its interests). During the past two weeks two rocket hits were identified in the western Negev. An ISIS-affiliated network claimed responsibility. The IDF responded by attacking Hamas targets
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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.