The Palestinian Authority (PA)

Senior terrorist-operative joins the Hamas administration: Jamal Abu Samhadana appointed general supervisor of the interior ministry and the police.

On April 1, Siyad Siyam, the interior minister of the Hamas government, announced he was appointing Jamal Abu Samhadana, head of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), as general supervisor of the interior ministry and policeThe appointment set a precedent by being the first time the new Hamas government appointed to a senior position a self-declared
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Discrepancies between statements made by Hamas to Palestinian and Arab media and those made to Western media

The Hamas movement, in an attempt to bridge the significant gap between its platform and ideology, denying Israel’s existence and supporting terrorism, and the demands of the international community, pursues a media strategy of deliberate ambiguity and double-talk. Within the context of said strategy, its leaders issue various, at times contradictory, statements on the core
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation April 1-15, 2006

Recent events focused on the escalation in the Gaza Strip: in the face of a sharp increase in the number of Qassam rockets fired at Israeli population centers in the western Negev (the number of identified landings doubled) the IDF expanded its preventive counter-terrorism actions. It attacked Gaza Strip targets (terrorist-operatives and their installations) from
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 16-31, 2006

Recent events focused on the Fatah/Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades suicide bombing attack at the entrance to the settlement of Kedumim (west of Nablus in Samaria), which killed four Israeli civilians. In addition, the Israeli security forces foiled terrorist organization attempts, especially those of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to infiltrate terrorist-operatives into Israel to carry out
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Ideological commitment to radical Islam vis-à-vis the constraints of Palestinian political reality

Ideological commitment to radical Islam vis-à-vis the constraints of Palestinian political reality: faced with concerns voiced by global jihad elements that Hamas might change its ways, spokesmen for the Hamas movement clarify that it does not intend to change its fundamental positions. They particularly stress the continuation of terrorism (the “resistance” and jihad) and non-recognition
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In an unusual public statement, Zakaria Zubeidi, chief of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, admits that his organization receives operative assistance from Hezbollah (funds, arms and training), and that the organization exerts much influence on him

Zakaria Zubeidi, chief of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, recently granted an interview in which he publicly admitted, in an uncharacteristic fashion, that his organization receives operative assistance from Hezbollah and that Iran exerts much influence on him (referring to his organization).
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