Fighting Terrorism

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 25 – 31, 2013)

Terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip continued this past week. Two rocket hits were identified in the region of Ashqelon. Twenty-six Palestinian terrorists were released from Israeli jails in the third phase (of four) to which Israel is committed. Of them, 18 were released to Judea and Samaria, three to the Gaza Strip and five
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 30 – November 5, 2013)

This past week terrorist events focused on the IDF’s detonation of the tunnel dug for terrorist purposes. Five IDF soldiers were wounded, one critically. Four Hamas terrorist operatives were killed. In Judea and Samaria terrorist attacks continued as part of the so-called popular resistance.
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The global jihad-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for firing rockets from south Lebanon into the western Galilee on August 22.

The global jihad-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for firing rockets from south Lebanon into the western Galilee on August 22. The attack was meant to challenge Hezbollah, part of the leaking of the confrontation leaking between the Sunni jihadists and Shi’ite Hezbollah from Syria into Lebanon.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 14 – 20, 2013)

Sporadic rocket fire into Israeli territory continues. One rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In response the Israeli Air Force attacked terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Violent activities continue in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. The Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams met for the second round of talks in Jerusalem.
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The EU Designates Hezbollah’s Military Wing as a Terrorist Organization

On July 22, 2013, the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU unanimously agreed to add Hezbollah’s military wing to its list of terrorist organizations.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 26 – July 2, 2013)

This past week Israel’s southern border was quiet, after rockets were fired the previous week. John Kerry, the American Secretary of State, ended a week of shuttling between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman in an attempt to renew Israel-Palestinian negotiations.
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Fighting Terrorism

One of the global challenges today is the war on terrorism. There are a variety of means and methods available to the war on terrorism, one of which is conventional military force. There are other approaches to the war on terrorism beyond the military, such as preventing financing, enforcing laws, using political and economic measures to cut organizations off from their supporters, and infiltrating counterterrorism agents into terrorist organizations in order to expose them. In addition, a political and PR struggle against the organizations and the countries sponsoring terrorism is also being waged.
There are a variety of entities involved in the war on terrorism, among them military, internal security, judicial and economic bodies. Many countries have established units especially to fight terrorism, whose duties include preventive counterterrorism measures and fighting in real time.

Science and technology can also help in the war on terrorism because the global terrorism environment is constantly changing and the terrorist organizations become more sophisticated as they exploit technical innovations to increase their threats. The cyber arena is becoming more and more prominent in fighting terrorism, both in defensive as well as offensive terms.

The Anti-Terrorism Law, 5776-2016, was passed in Israel. The purpose of the law is to provide the state authorities with the appropriate tools in the area of criminal and public law to cope with the terrorist threats faced by the State of Israel. The Anti-Terrorism Law stipulates serious penalties for terrorists and members of terrorist organizations. The law also stipulates penalties for persons expressing support for terrorism or affiliated with a terrorist organization.  The law regulates the issue of declaring an organization as a terrorist organization and the use of administrative detention. In addition to making the penalties for terrorist offenses more severe, the law replaces many regulations that were part of the Defense (Emergency) Regulations. The law was passed by the Knesset in June 2016, and entered into effect on November 1, 2016.