Spotlight on Terrorism : Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria (May 1 – 14, 2022)

Hezbollah's preparations for election day were the following: a particular effort was made to raise voter turnout. The first phase of the campaign concentrated on an appeal to the minds of the Lebanese, stressing Hezbollah's contribution to its supporters and to Lebanese in general in fields such as health, education and the economy. During the last two weeks of the campaign the focus was on the hearts of the Lebanese, creating a sense of impending danger and the need for closing ranks around the organization, encouraging voter turnout for the sake of the shaheeds, the wounded and the families of the shaheeds, and as an expression of personal loyalty to Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 16-22, 2022)

This past week tensions remained high in Judea and Samaria, with Hamas and other terrorist organizations fanning the flames. In Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem rioting continued, although not as intensely as previously. Zaher Jabarin, who holds the prisoners' portfolio in Hamas, regarding the issue of prisoners and MIAs, claimed Israel was procrastinating to avoid concluding the prisoner exchange deal and trying to draw it out as much as possible. Hamas denied reports in the Philippine and Israeli media about the prevention of an attack on the Israeli legation and Israelis in the Philippines. Mahmoud Abbas held a series of political meeting this past week. On February 17, 2022, the PLO's Executive Committee met in Ramallah; the meeting was chaired by Mahmoud Abbas.