The Palestinian Authority (PA)

Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 9-15, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out five terrorist attacks; there were no Israeli casualties. Shots were fired at an IDF post near Ya'bad on three different occasions. The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities, focusing on Jericho, Tulkarm and Nablus; four Palestinians were killed. The Israeli Security Agency recently exposed two terrorist squads. This week the seventh attempt was made to launch a rocket at the settlement of Shaked. The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. On a recent visit to the Gaza Strip, senior Hamas figure Musa Abu Marzouq said the most recent meeting of the Palestinian organizations' leadership in Egypt had not yielded results. A summit meeting was held in Egypt attended by Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Egypt and the king of Jordan, promising full support for the Palestinian issue. In an unprecedented step, Saudi Arabia appointed its ambassador to Jordan as a non-resident ambassador to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and consul general in Jerusalem.
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Hamas summer camps in the Gaza Strip

As during the past several summers, Hamas again organized summer camps, attended by about 100 thousand children and teenagers and this year called "Defender of Jerusalem." According to Hamas, the name was chosen to bring the issues of Jerusalem and Palestinian national identity to the fore and make the younger generation aware of their importance. The summer camps provided three types of programs and activities: military and semi-military training, ideological indoctrination and Qur'an studies and memorization. The Hamas summer camps are organized by the Supreme Summer Camp Committee, headed by senior Hamas figure Muhammad Abu Askar. The committee launched a Facebook page for the camps but it was active for only a few days before it was removed or blocked. Therefore, unlike previous years, there is relatively little documentation of the camps' activities. In addition symbols and logos of Hamas and the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, its military-terrorist wing, have been blurred or downplayed. Also unlike other years, so far there has been no information about the camps' final date or closing ceremony, which in the past were attended by senior Hamas figures and received widespread media coverage
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 2-8, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out four terrorist attacks: three shootings (in Tel Aviv, at the Hamra Junction in the Jordan Valley and in Ma'ale Adumim) and a stabbing south of Hebron. A municipal security patrol officer was killed in the shooting in Tel Aviv. Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities, focusing on the Nur al-Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm and the Jenin area. The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. Thanks to funding from Qatar, this past week the fourth turbine was activated at the power plant that supplies electricity, increasing the hours of electricity in several areas. Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Jordan at the head of a delegation of senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures and met with King Abdallah of Jordan.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 26 – August 1, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks: a vehicular ramming and a shooting, both targeting IDF forces. On July 27, 2023, the Hamas-affiliated [Yahya] al-Ayash Battalion announced it had fired a rocket at Ram-Ohn, a moshav south of the northern city of Afula. Israeli security forces and demolitions experts searched the area and located the remains of an improvised rocket which landed in Palestinian territory. It was the sixth time since May 2023 the al-Ayash Battalion has launched rockets at Israel and the fifth time rocket remains have been found.[1] Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.The Palestinian Authority's (PA) security forces continued their countermeasures and prevention activities, mainly in the Jenin area.The Gaza Strip remained relatively calm. ael.A summit meeting of the Palestinian organizations' leadership, initiated by Mahmoud Abbas, was held in el-Alamein, in northern Egypt; the PIJ was not represented.
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Israel’s legal reforms continue to be of interest to the Palestinians, Hezbollah and Iran, who perceive the country as weakened

The Palestinians and Hezbollah continue to monitor and extensively report on the protests in Israel following the ongoing promotion of legal reforms in Israel and the reversal of the "reasonableness doctrine . In Iran and Arab world there has been a recent decline in interest in events in Israel. Special attention has been paid to the declarations of reserve soldiers. In Arab-Muslim perception, the events indicate that Israel is militarily weak, has lost its deterrence and the rift in Israeli society is widening, all giving them an opportunity to attack Israel. Some of the reports were based on Israeli media coverage. Others related to the possibility that Israel was liable to take advantage of the situation vis-à-vis the Palestinians and toughen its policy towards them, or initiate military action against its opponents to unite the Israeli public and end the protests.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 19-25, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out five terrorist attacks: two shooting attacks; two stabbing attacks and a vehicular ramming attack. A stabbing attack was prevented near Kiryat Arba. IDF forces continued counterterrorism activities, focusing mainly on the Nur al-Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm, where IEDs ready for detonation were seized. Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.In preparation for Tisha b'Av, Hamas called on the Palestinian public to "resist" the plan of Jewish worshipers to enter the Temple Mount.The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. The Palestinians terrorist organizations continued improving their rocket capabilities. Preparations continued for the meeting of the leadership of the Palestinian organizations expected in Cairo at the end of July 2023. Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Turkey for an official visit, heading a delegation of senior PA officials, for meetings with the Turkish and other government officials.
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