News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Spotlight on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict (July 2 – 9 , 2024)

This past week IDF activity focused on the Shejaiya neighborhood in Gaza City and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. IDF forces began operations in southwest Gaza and attacked Hamas terrorist facilities located in UNRWA school compounds. Four IDF soldiers were killed this week. The Palestinian organizations continued firing rockets at the cities, towns and villages surrounding Gaza; Hamas conveyed its response to the proposal for a ceasefire and the release of the hostages. Senior Hamas figures stated that the movement had shown "flexibility" and accused Israel of trying to sabotage the negotiations; The situation in the Gaza Strip and the treatment of the residents led to criticism of Hamas; Senior Hamas figures held meetings to coordinate with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and with senior figures of the "resistance front" and other Palestinian organizations; Hamas expressed opposition to the presence of foreign forces to administer the Strip; An IDF soldier stabbed to death by an Israeli Arab in a shopping mall in Karmiel. An Israeli civilian was injured in a vehicle ramming attack in Asael and an Israeli civilian was shot and wounded in an attack near Nablus. The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria; Mahmoud Abbas spoke with the new British prime minister and called on him to recognize a Palestinian state.
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The New Palestinian Authority Government

On March 31, 2024, the 19th Palestinian government was sworn in at Mahmoud Abbas' office in Ramallah. It is headed by Dr. Muhammad Mustafa. the government ministers do not belong to any political party. Its platform emphasized that the government regards Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as one political-geographic unit with the PLO as the source of its authority (Wafa, March 28, 2024). The new government is defined as "a government of technocrats" and has almost no known figures with a political past. It has 23 ministers, compared to 26 in the government headed by Muhammad Shtayyeh, and has representation for the Gaza Strip, Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem. Seven of the government ministers are from the Gaza Strip (currently staying in Ramallah), 14 from Judea and Samaria, and two are residents of east Jerusalem. There are four women in the government. Two ministers are Christians and the rest are Muslims. Most of the ministers are in their sixties. The vast majority have advanced degrees from universities abroad. Two of the members of the government, Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad Hab al-Reeh, have political experience, but while all the other ministers have an impressive record in civilian and academic fields, they lack political experience. The ITIC has no information about their political positions or their positions regarding Israel and the conflict, since so far they have seldom been interviewed or expressed positions on those issues. However, contrary to Mustafa's statements that the new government is manned by independent technocrats, a detailed examination revealed that at least four of the ministers are unequivocally members of Fatah and in the past ran for positions on behalf of the movement, headed by Interior Minister Ziad Hab al-Reeh. At least two of them were previously detained by Israel.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 15, 2024)

During the past day, IDF forces intensified their activities in Khan Yunis. On the morning of February 15, 2024, Palestinian media reported IDF activities in Nasser Hospital. Meanwhile, the forces in the northern and central Gaza Strip operated to eliminate armed terrorist squads remaining in the area and also carried out targeted attacks. The ground forces coordinated attacks with the Israeli Air Force and Navy.According to reports, discussions (hostage deal) continue in Cairo, although at a lower level. They also revealed that "external" Hamas members had not yet received a response from Yahya al-Sinwar regarding the controversial issues. According to reports, Rafah is overcrowded because of the displaced persons arriving in the area. Meanwhile, many residents, fearing an Israeli attack, were reported to have left the city. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for one attack. For the first time since the ceasefire, Hezbollah did not claim responsibility for attacks against Israel, including the barrage of rockets at Safed which killed one soldier and injured eight others. The Israeli Air Force carried out massive attacks on Hezbollah targets, including Radwan force targets. Hezbollah stated that the attacks, in which civilians were also killed, would not go unanswered. IDF forces continued counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria , rendering six lathes for the production of weapons unusable, confiscating equipment from two print shops, confiscating weapons and detaining wanted Palestinians. The chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), said the PA, with all its institutions, was ready to begin work and perform its duty as a Palestinian national authority in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria The UN Security Council held another session to discuss the Houthis' attacks on ships in the Red Sea. The families of the Israeli hostages filed a formal complaint against Hamas at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.a
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Islamic Resistance in Iraq attacks on American and Israeli targets since the beginning of Operation Iron Swords

On October 17, 2023, ten days after the start of Operation Iron Swords in the Gaza Strip, an organization called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI) began publishing claims of responsibility for attacking United States military bases in Iraq and Syria. The announcement of a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which began on November 24, 2023 to free the hostages and deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, led to a dramatic decrease in the organization's activity. The IRI is actually an umbrella organization uniting several pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias in Iraq, operating under the direction of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The generic name "Islamic Resistance in Iraq," without the names of commanders or operatives and without publishing a logo, is used to blur the organization's identity and its direct connection to Iran. The IRI's use of the Saberin News Telegram channel, which is used by the pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, and the Telegram channel of its military information unit, to issue claims of responsibility, as well as the nature of its operational activity, indicates the close connection between the militias.
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Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and his impact on the dissemination of radical Islam

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, considered for many years one of the senior scholars in Sunni Islam, died on September 26, 2022, at 96. Qaradawi, born in Egypt, arrived in the early 1960s from Egypt to Qatar, which became the center of his activity. Among other things, he established a network of global Islamic organizations. Until 2018, he headed the radical Islamic organization World Association of Muslim Scholars. Through this organization, he concentrated and coordinated the activity of radical Islamic scholars around the world, many of them members of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there were also members of other streams, shaping together the current radical Islamic discourse. Qaradawi was mainly known as a key figure in shaping the concept of violent jihad and the one who allowed carrying out terror attacks, including suicide bombing attacks, against Israeli citizens, the US forces in Iraq, and some of the Arab regimes. Notwithstanding his contribution to the development of jihad movements, Qaradawi opposed Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 18-24, 2022)

This past week Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. the Palestinians are threatening to ignite and escalate violence in Jerusalem; the march was the motivating factor behind Operation Guardian of the Walls (May 2021). The Gaza Strip marked the first anniversary of Operation Guardian of the Walls. The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues its preoccupation with the death of al-Jazeera reporter
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