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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 18-24, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria; no Israeli casualties were reported. One was a stabbing the other was a shooting attack Two attempted stabbing attacks were prevented by Israeli security forces. Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces in the Jenin refugee camp. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet. experimental rockets were fired towards the sea. Members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership continue their diplomatic "struggle" against the new Israeli government.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 11-17, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out six terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, four shooting and two stabbing attacks. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities, detaining dozens of wanted terrorists and confiscating weapons. According to reports, five Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet. The Iranian foreign minister met with representatives of the Palestinian organizations In the wake of Israeli measures to counteract the Palestinian Authority's (PA) unilateral steps in the international arena.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 4-10, 2023)

This past week Palestinian terrorists carried out two shooting attacks in Samaria. No Israeli casualties were reported. Israeli police forces detained a Palestinian woman armed with a knife at the entrance to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities. A Palestinian was killed in a clash with Israeli security forces . The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet, despite an unsuccessful rocket launch from central Gaza. The Palestinian strongly condemned the measures Israel's political-security cabinet decided to take against the PA for its appeal to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) .
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 28, 2022 – January 3, 2023)

This past week there were no terrorist attacks. Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities, detaining dozens of wanted terrorists and confiscating weapons. Three Palestinians, all terrorist organization operatives, were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces. The Israeli national security minister entered the Temple Mount. The Palestinian threatened another intifada.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 21-27, 2022)

This past week Palestinian terrorists carried out four attacks: a combined attack in Kafr Qassem (an Israeli-Arab city); and three shooting attacks in Samaria. No Israeli casualties were reported. The security forces revealed information about the terrorist who carried out the double IED attack in Jerusalem on November 23, 2022. He acted alone and was influenced by ISIS ideology but did not belong to the organization. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet. The PA continues preparing itself for the new Israeli government.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 14-20, 2022)

This past week Palestinian terrorists carried out two shooting attacks. Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities. The Palestinians terrorist organizations fomented unrest on the Temple Mount in preparation for Hanukkah, The Gaza Strip remained relatively calm. Hamas held a mass rally to mark the 35th anniversary of its founding. Yahya al-Sinwar said the only way to achieve their objectives was to escalate all forms of "resistance.
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For decades, the Palestinian terrorist organizations have waged a vicious war against the State of Israel, starting in the 1920s and 1930s, causing untold bloodshed. Their mass-casualty suicide bombing attacks claimed hundreds of victims. After the Six Day War, Palestinian terrorism accelerated and the number of terrorist attacks in Israel and abroad against Jewish and Israeli targets increased.

During the 1970s, planes were hijacked by terrorists from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  After the Black September events (the removal of terrorists from Jordan in 1970), most prominent were terrorist attacks abroad carried out by a terrorist group from the Fatah organization calling itself Black September. Those attacks culminated in 1972, when 11 Israeli sportsmen were murdered at the Munich Olympics. Trans-border terrorist attacks were also carried out (attacks from Jordan until 1970 and attacks from the Lebanese border in the 1970s), some of them targeting Israeli civilians. In the 1990s, suicide bombing attacks became the main form of struggle carried out by the Palestinians, first by the radical Islamic organizations, primarily Hamas, and later also by secular organizations such as Fatah. 


There was a significant increase in terrorist attacks during the Palestinian terrorist campaign of 2000-2005 (known as the Al-Aqsa or Second Intifada), during which a great many attacks were carried out, including many suicide bombing attacks which disrupted daily life in Israel and threatened its large cities. The second half of 2015 and early 2016 witnessed a wave of terror characterized by lone-wolf attacks, mainly stabbing, vehicular and shooting attacks.