Hamas

Analysis of the modus operandi of the shooting attack carried out from a driving car in Jerusalem, and of the perpetrator’s profile, shows unique characteristics

Issued on 03/11/2016 Type Article
The perpetrators of popular terrorism attacks during the recent year were mostly young boys, part of them school children and unemployed students or people with jobs unsuitable for their skills. They were without a clear-cut record of security offenses and without affiliation with terrorist organizations or outspoken identification with them. Most of the terrorist attacks they carried out were spontaneous and did not entail prior preparations.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 28 – November 1, 2016)

Issued on 01/11/2016 Type Article
This past week popular terrorism attacks continued. Prominent among them was a shooting attack at an IDF roadblock at the northeastern entrance of Ramallah. It was carried out by a PA policeman who was a Ramallah security guard. Palestinians also carried out a vehicular attack on the Gush Etzion road near Beit Ummar (wounding three Border Policemen), a combined stabbing-vehicular attack at an IDF post near the community of Ofra (no casualties) and a shooting attack in the Gush Etzion region (no casualties).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 10-26, 2016)

Issued on 26/10/2016 Type Article
The Jewish High Holidays, often a time of trouble, were relatively quiet. There was a stabbing in Har Adar (north of Jerusalem) and an attempted stabbing and the Tapuah Junction in Samaria. A Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist squad handled from the Gaza Strip was recently exposed in Israel. Its operatives planned to carry out a mass-killing attack at an event in a reception hall in Beersheba, using guns and hand grenades. They also planned to abduct and murder Israelis and then use their bodies as bargain chips to negotiate with Israel.
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Hostility towards Israel continues to be a fundamental element of Iranian foreign policy - Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 13/10/2016 Type Article
Iran's diplomatic charm offensive, which began in the summer of 2013 with the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iranian president, and the nuclear agreement signed with the Western powers in the summer of 2015, raised the question of whether Iran's foreign policy towards Israel had become more moderate.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 27 – October 9, 2016) *

Issued on 09/10/2016 Type Article
The most significant attack was a shooting attack from a car carried out by a Palestinian from Silwan in east Jerusalem. A policeman and a woman were killed, and five people were wounded. The terrorist was shot and killed. There were also two stabbing attacks, one at the Qalandia crossing (north Jerusalem) and the other at the Negohot junction in Mt. Hebron. On October 5, 2016, a rocket hit was identified in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, the fourth since the end of Operation Protective Edge.
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The phenomenon of kinship among Palestinians carrying out popular terrorist attacks

Issued on 29/09/2016 Type Article
After five months of a decrease in the scope of terrorist attacks and a year after the outbreak of the previous wave of Palestinian popular terrorism, another wave broke out. During eight days, between September 16 and 23, 2016, ten significant terrorist attacks were carried out. Eight of them were stabbing attacks. Six Israelis were wounded. Eight of the terrorists were killed.
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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.