Spotlight on Iran (December 6 – 20, 2015)

Issued on 20/12/2015 Type Article
At least 20 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in Syria during the past two weeks, including two with the rank of colonel. Iran denied Western media reports that it had begun withdrawing its forces from

Interim Findings of the Profile of Palestinians Who Were Killed in Confrontations with Israeli Security Forces in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (October 3 – November 22, 2015)

Issued on 16/12/2015 Type Article
This study follows the first two ITIC analyses of the profiles of Palestinians killed while carrying out terrorist attacks in Judea, Samaria and Israel during the current terrorist campaign. This study profiles Palestinians killed during riots in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 9 – 15, 2015)

Issued on 15/12/2015 Type Article
The Palestinian terrorist campaign continues unabated, marked this past week by an increase in vehicular attacks in addition to stabbing and shooting attacks. This past week a rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In response Israel Air Force aircraft struck two Hamas terrorist targets.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 2 – 8, 2015)

Issued on 08/12/2015 Type Article
This past week the Palestinian terrorist campaign continued unabated. Stabbing attacks were prominent, and there were also shooting attacks and vehicular attacks. A rocket was fired at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, falling inside the Strip.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 25 – December 1, 2015)

Issued on 01/12/2015 Type Article
This past week the Palestinian terrorist campaign continued unabated. Terrorist attacks were carried out in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Most of them were stabbing attacks. However, some attacks were carried out by terrorists with profiles different from what we have witnessed so far. Some efforts were made by Palestinian figures to calm the Palestinian youngsters.

Interim Findings of the Profile of Palestinians Who Carried Out Attacks in Judea and Samaria in the Current Terrorist Campaign* (September 14 – November 15, 2015)

Issued on 25/11/2015 Type Article
For the past two months, since the Jewish High Holidays in September, the Palestinians have been waging a terrorist campaign against Israel, which continues in full force. It can be considered to have begun with stones thrown at the car of Alexander Levlowitz near the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem on September 14, 2015, leading to his death. The campaign gathered steam with riots on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and spread to Israel, Judea and Samaria, and currently focuses on the city of Hebron and its surroundings.
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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.