The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 27 – March 5, 2019)

This past week the Palestinians continued to demonstrate a high level of violence at the "return march" and the days afterwards. The violence during and between the marches, which has continued for several weeks, is the result of Hamas' strategy of controlled violence to exert pressure on Israel to agree to an arrangement on Hamas' terms. This past week terrorist events in Judea and Samaria focused on the vehicular attack targeting IDF soldiers in Kafr Ni'ma An IDF officer was critically wounded and an Border Policeman was slightly injured.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 20 – 26, 2019)

This past week during the Friday "return march" and the following days there again was a high level of violence. An Iranian Arabic TV channel broadcast a program about the military capabilities of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Iran's preferred terrorist organization. Palestinians continue to react with anger to the deduction of funds from the tax revenues collected for the Palestinian Authority (PA) by Israel: Mahmoud Abbas said the PA would not agree to receive any funds from Israel
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Terrorism and the Media: Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip who also worked as media personnel were involved in recruiting a terrorist network exposed in Judea and Samaria.

The Israel Security Agency recently exposed a Hamas network in Judea and Samaria whose operatives were recruited and handled by Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. The recruits were given instructions to carry out terrorist attacks in Judea, Samaria and Israel. Interrogation revealed the methods used by the handlers in the Gaza Strip. The recruiters represented themselves as journalists, and covert messages were passed to the recruits though al-Aqsa TV, Hamas' most important media outlet (in order to verify the authenticity of their handlers in the Gaza Strip).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 13 – 19, 2019)

This past week the Friday "return march" was again characterized by a high level of violence. The event illustrate Hamas' warning that it would raise the level of violence if its demands were not met. After friction and a series of confrontations with PA officials, Hamas completed its takeover of the Gazan side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The Israeli political-security cabinet decided to implement the law allowing Israel to deduct about 502 million shekels (about $139 million), transferred to the Palestinian prisoners and their families from the tax revenues Israel collects for the PA However, the PA does not intend to stop payments to prisoners, their families and the families of shaheeds.
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Palestinian Violence and Terrorism Against Israel, 2018: Data, Nature and Trends

The ITIC's annual study indicates that in 2018 there were two main trends prominent in Palestinian violence and terrorism: in the Gaza Strip there was a sharp increase in the level of violence and terrorism, after about three and a half years of relative quiet after Operation Protective Edge.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 6-12, 2019)

At the "return march" in the Gaza Strip on Friday, February 8, 2019, there was a relatively high level of violence. In ITIC assessment, behind the rise in the level of violence lies the failure of the most recent round of talks in Cairo and the differences of opinion between Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) regarding the desirable dose of violence. In Judea and Samaria terrorist events focused on the stabbing attack that killed a young Israeli woman near the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority (PA) media ignored the murder.
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