Spotlight on Iran (July 26 – August 9, 2015)

Issued on 09/08/2015 Type Article
Several Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in Syria and Iraq. The Supreme Leader's representative in the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Qods Force said that anyone killed defending Syria deserved to be rewarded more than Iran-Iraq War martyrs. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah noted Iran's commitment to the organization, even after the signing of the nuclear agreement

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 28 – August 4, 2015)

Issued on 04/08/2015 Type Article
This past week events focused on the murder of a Palestinian baby and the injuring of three of his family member in a firebombing attack in the village of Duma (near Nablus). The Palestinian Authority blamed the government of Israel, accusing it of responsibility for the attack and announcing it would take a number of measures. Several rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Salafist-jihadi networks. They have been responsible for the rockets fired in the past few months.

Handling Hamas networks in Judea and Samaria from abroad as part of Hamas’s effort to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel

Issued on 04/08/2015 Type Article
In July 2015, Israeli security forces uncovered a Hamas military network from the village of Silwad (north of Ramallah), whose operatives were involved in the shooting attack on June 29, 2015, near the village of Shvut Rachel, north of Ramallah.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 22 –28, 2015)

Issued on 28/07/2015 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount. Palestinians, some of them masked, prepared in advance for the clashes by stockpiling cinderblocks, rocks, stones, wooden boards, Molotov cocktails and fireworks. This past week three Palestinians were killed in various events during which Israeli security forces met with violent resistance while detaining wanted terrorists.

Spotlight on Iran (July 12-26, 2015)

Issued on 26/07/2015 Type Article
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, stressed that Iran would continue to support the Palestinians, Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis, Bahrainis and Lebanese even after the nuclear deal had been signed. Two high-ranking Iranian officers were killed in Syria; a Basij operative was killed in Iraq. The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) called Iran's support for Syria "a supreme religious obligation."

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 15 –21, 2015)

Issued on 21/07/2015 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev in the region of the southern coastal city of Ashqelon. Responsibility was claimed by the ISIS-affiliated jihadi. During July 2015 there has been a decrease in the number of terrorist attacks in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, but their lethality and the daring of the perpetrators increased.
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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.