News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 4 – 10, 2013)

Issued on 10/12/2013 Type Article
This past week no rocket hits were identified in Israel's south. In Judea and Samaria violence continued, most of it associated with the so-called popular resistance. John Kerry, the American Secretary of State, visited the Middle East. He said he believed some progress had been made in the negotiations. An IED exploded near an IDF patrol on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 27 – December 3, 2013)

Issued on 03/12/2013 Type Article
This past week Israel's southern border was quiet. In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem Palestinian popular resistance riots continued. In the region of Yata the Israeli security forces killed three Palestinian terrorist operatives belonging to a Salafist-jihadi network during the attempt to detain them.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 20– 26, 2013)

Issued on 26/11/2013 Type Article
This past week three mortar shells were fired at an IDF force engaged in routine activities near the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. In response, on November 19, 2013. The energy crisis in the Gaza Strip continues, causing a significant worsening in the quality of the Gazans' daily lives.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 13 – 19, 2013)

Issued on 19/11/2013 Type Article
This past week two mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory, one landing near an IDF force. In response the Israeli Air Force attacked two rocket launchers hidden underground in the northern Gaza Strip. On November 13, 2013, an IDF soldier was stabbed to death on a bus in the northern Israeli city of Afula. Hamas held a military parade in Gaza City to mark the first anniversary of Operation Pillar of Defense, displaying a long-range Hamas-manufactured M75 rocket. In our assessment, the objective was to deter Israel from launching another operation.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 5 – 12, 2013)

Issued on 12/11/2013 Type Article
This past week no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. In Judea and Samaria violent events continued, including an attempted stabbing attack, throwing Molotov cocktails and shooting attacks. The fuel shortage in the Gaza Strip continues, creating power outages. The lack of fuel is the result of the damage done to the smuggling tunnels in Rafah by the Egyptian army and of a Hamas-Palestinian Authority financial dispute.
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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.