Studies

Terror funding by the Palestinian Authority: Mahmoud Abbas recently approved the budget for 2018, about 7% of which is devoted to assisting prisoners, released terrorists, and families of shahids

In its 2018 budget, the PA allocated around NIS 1.28 billion (around USD 360 million), approximately 7% of the budget, to two institutions that assist terrorists imprisoned in Israel, released terrorists, and families of shahids.
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Mahmoud Abbas and senior Fatah figures held a reception for a Fatah terrorist operative released after serving 20 years in prison for killing an Israeli on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem

On March 14, 2018, a few days before the lethal stabbing attack carried out on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem (see Appendix), Mahmoud Abbas hosted a festive reception in his office in Ramallah for Rajaa'i Abd al-Karim Hadad. Hadad is a Fatah operative who served a twenty-year prison term in Israel for his participation in a shooting attack carried out on Hagai Street in 1997.
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Hamas’s military wing conducted a large-scale military maneuver

Hamas’s military wing conducted a large-scale two-day (March 25-26, 2018) military maneuver in the Gaza Strip, entitled “Steadfastness and Challenge.” According to the organizers, 30,000 military wing operatives from various units (sea, land, air) took part in the maneuver.
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Status of preparations for the “great return march”

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are carrying out intensive preparations for the "great return march." The first event will be held beginning at 10:00 on Friday morning, March 30 2018. Palestinians will be brought to six locations along the border security fence (see below). A media center will be set up on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing.
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ISIS-inspired Terrorist Attack in the South of France

The attack in the South of France demonstrated that even after the collapse of the Islamic State and the transformation of ISIS into a terrorist and guerrilla organization fighting for its existence in Syria and Iraq, the ISIS brand is still highly attractive, as is its Salafi-jihadi ideology and the vision of the Islamic Caliphate.
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Popular terrorism in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem during the first two and half months of 2018 continues to have a high degree of lethality, continuing the trend of 2017

On March 18, 2018, an Israeli civilian was killed in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was the eighth significant terrorist attack during the first two and a half months of 2018. Four of the eight attacks resulted in the deaths of Israeli civilians and soldiers.
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