The Palestinian Authority

Spotlight on Iran* (November 20 – December 4, 2016)

Issued on 04/12/2016 Type Article
Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said Iranian forces were not participating in the fighting in Mosul because the Shi'ite militias in Iraq did not need Iranian fighters. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, commander of the Iranian armed forces, said that in the future Iran might construct military bases along the Yemeni or Syrian coast to increase its naval capabilities in foreign waters. During the past two weeks three IRGC fighters were killed in combat in Syria.
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Palestinian Reactions to the Wave of Fires in Israel (Updated to November 30, 2016)

Issued on 30/11/2016 Type Article
For six days, between November 22 and 27, 2016, raging fires spread throughout Israel and the districts of Judea and Benjamin. According to Israeli police reports, more than 90 fires broke out. Prominent among them were fires along the Carmel mountain ridge (Haifa and Zichron Ya'akov) and a series of fires in the Judean mountains.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 9 – 15, 2016)

Issued on 15/11/2016 Type Article
Popular terrorism continues, this past week manifested by an attempted stabbing attack at the Hawwara Junction near Nablus. Stones were thrown at Israeli cars and buses in Judea and Samaria. Two Israelis were wounded. Preparations are being made for the seventh Fatah conference, scheduled to take place on November 29, 2016.
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Initial Palestinian Reactions to Trump's Election as President

Issued on 14/11/2016 Type Article
Mahmoud Abbas and senior figures in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Fatah and the PLO were generally restrained in their reactions to the election of Donald Trump. However, their remarks hinted at concern over a greater pro-Israeli bias in the new American administration, based on statements made by Trump during the campaign. Their worst concerns are that the new president will abandon the two state solution, support construction in the settlements, and move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 2 – 8, 2016)

Issued on 08/11/2016 Type Article
Popular terrorism attacks continue. This past week there was an attempted stabbing attack at a bus stop near Ofra, northeast of Ramallah. A bombing attack of an IDF post in Hebron was prevented by the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces. Hamas and other terrorist organizations strongly criticized the PA security forces for preventing the attack. The 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration was exploited by Hamas and the PA for strong condemnation.
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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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