Hezbollah expands its banking services due to US pressure on the Lebanese banking system

Hezbollah maintains an extensive network of social foundations in the Shiite community in Lebanon. These foundations deal with healthcare, education, finance, welfare, and communications. They also support Hezbollah’s military infrastructure and serve as a means of disseminating Hezbollah’s ideology and strengthening its position among the Shiite community and in the internal Lebanese arena.

Sharp rise of Covid-19 cases in Judea and Samaria increases risk of mutual Israeli Arab-Palestinian population infection

In Judea and Samaria cases of Covid-19 have recently spiked. According to the Palestinian ministry of health in Ramallah, the number of active cases currently stands at 4,897 (November 16, 2020). However, according to Mai al-Kayla, Palestinian Authority (PA) minister of health, the actual number is three times higher than what is reported in the media. The extent of infection in Judea and Samaria and the lack of the effective enforcement of public health guidelines increase the risk of the mutual infection between Israeli Arabs (whose rate of infection is relatively higher than other sectors of the Israeli population) and the Palestinian population.

The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip,Judea and Samaria (Updated to November 16, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip the sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases continues. In Judea and Samaria the sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases continues. According to Mai al-Kayla, PA minister of health, the actual number of Covid-19 cases in the Palestinian Authority (PA) territories is three times greater than what is reported by the media. That supports Israel's assessments that the extent of infection and mortality in Judea and Samaria is larger than the reports

The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC: A Major Iranian Intelligence Apparatus

The Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a major intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic, having increased its influence and broadened its authorities. Iran’s intelligence apparatus, similar to other control and governance apparatuses in the Islamic Republic, is characterized by power plays, rivalries and redundancy. The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC, which answers to the supreme leader, operates alongside the Ministry of Intelligence, which was established in 1984 and answers to the president.

The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to November 9, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: This past week the sharp rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued with 1,738 new cases (approximately 250 new cases per day). As of November 9, 2020, the number stood at 3,014, up from 2,549 last week. The situation in Judea and Samaria: This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in Judea and Samaria rose again, with 2,358 new cases. As of November 8, 2020, there were 4,281 active cases, down from 4,315 a week ago. The number of deaths stands at 477, up from 455 a week ago. Weddings remain one of the main venues for spreading the virus.

A shooting attack against an IDF force near Nablus ended with the death of the shooter. The Palestinian foreign ministry issued a false report, representing the killing as a “barbaric execution” (a familiar PA response to Palestinian popular terrorism events).

On November 4, 2020, a Palestinian armed with a hand gun drove to a roadblock near Hawwara (south of Nablus) and opened fire at IDF soldiers manning the site. The soldiers identified the threat, took cover and returned fire, killing the shooter. No IDF casualties were reported (IDF spokesman, November 4, 2020).

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