General Information

Palestinian Terrorism: Analysis of 2017 and Forecast for 2018

During 2017 the number of terrorist attacks continued to decline. There were 82 significant terrorist attacks, as compared with 142 in 2016 and 134 during the last three months of 2015. In 2017 there were between 4 and 7 significant terrorist attacks a month, but there were also months when the numbers rose to between 10 and 13. Despite the decline in the number of attacks, there was no decline in the number of deaths they caused.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 7 – 13, 2018)

This past week events focused on the attack of two Israeli soldiers (one female) who took a wrong turn and entered the Palestinian city of Jenin. This past week there were two stabbing attacks: a Palestinian went to the community of Karmei Tsur in Gush Etzion and stabbed a security guard in the arm. Another security guard shot and killed the Palestinian. This past week no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli media reported that the Israel Security Agency revealed Hamas was transferring funds from Turkey to Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 31 – February 6, 2018)

This past week terrorist events focused on the murder of an Israeli civilian, Itamar Ben-Gal, at the entrance to the city of Ariel. In the village of al-Yamoun (northern Samaria) the Israeli security forces killed Ahmed Nasr Jarar, a senior operative in the squad responsible for the shooting attack that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevah (January 9, 2018). This past week two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip fell in Israeli territory.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 18 – 30, 2018)

This past week in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip demonstrations and riots continued. One rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, the first in four weeks. In Samaria there were two notable incidents: the detention of a uniformed Palestinian who tried to enter the community of Itamar and the discovery of a chain of 11 IEDs north of Tulkarm. In the Gaza Strip the hardships of the population increase.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 17 – 23, 2018)

This past week terrorist events focused on three popular terrorism ["popular resistance"] attacks. The Fatah movement disseminated notices calling "to escalate the popular resistance" and "to turn the lives of the settlers into a living hell." Mahmoud Abbas gave two speeches this past week. The first was a speech with strong rhetoric at the al-Azhar conference The second, with softer rhetoric was given at a press conference in Brussels
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The PLO’s Central Council and Mahmoud Abbas call for the continuation and strengthening of [so-called] “peaceful popular resistance” [i.e., popular terrorism]

The concluding statement of the PLO's Central Council of January 15, 2018, related to a variety of open issues between Israel and the Palestinians, among them a call for the continuation, strengthening and upgrading of the so-called "peaceful popular resistance" (Palestinian TV, January 15, 2018). At the opening ceremony on January 14, 2018, Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech in which he said the Palestinian people would continue the "peaceful popular resistance."
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