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Israeli Arabs and Palestinians Join the Ranks of the Rebels in Syria, Mainly Organizations Affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Global Jihad *

In our assessment, so far about 20 Israeli Arabs have joined the ranks of the rebels in Syria, as well as 30 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and a few from Judea and Samaria. There are also several dozen Palestinians from the refugee camps in Lebanon who have joined the rebels (especially from Ein al-Hilweh
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 1 – 7, 2014)

This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In response to the rocket attacks targeting Israel, Israeli Air Force aircraft struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. In Judea and Samaria the terrorist attacks of the so-called “popular resistance” continued. American Secretary of State John Kerry finished a round of talks
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Abu Muhammad al-Julani, head of the Al-Nusra Front, the branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria, gave a rare interview in which he tried to show pragmatism without abandoning the organization’s extreme jihadist nature and objectives

On December 10, 2013, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, head of the Al-Nusra Front (the branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria), gave a rare, 52-minute interview to Al-Jazeera, which gave him an exceptional platform to put forth his positions.
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Foreign Fighters in Syria

This past year saw a marked increase in the involvement of foreigners in the fighting against the Syrian regime. Most join Al-Qaeda- and global jihad-affiliated organizations, gain military experience, and undergo radicalization and jihadization. They are liable to import continue terrorist and subversive activities to their countries of origin when they return (the “Afghanistan model”).
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The rebels in Syria include a few dozen operatives from the Salafist-jihadi organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The rebels in Syria include a few dozen operatives from the Salafist-jihadi organizations in the Gaza Strip. Their number is increasing. Upon their return to the Gaza Strip, they are liable to become a hotbed of terrorism and subversion against Israel, Egypt and even the Hamas de-facto government
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Operatives from the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, together with other rebel organizations, have taken over the large oil field in Deir ez-Zor

Operatives from the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, together with other rebel organizations, have taken over the large oil field in Deir ez-Zor, after taking over essential government infrastructures in northern and eastern Syria
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