Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 2 – 8, 2019)

This past week there was an increase in the level of violence from the Gaza Strip. The increase in tension on the ground was accompanied by Hamas complaints about the freezing of the third payment of money from Qatar and threats that if the funds did not reach the Gaza Strip by the end of the week they would gradually return to activity on the Israel border. Meanwhile, tensions between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) reached a new high

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 27, 2018 – January 2, 2019)

Around two weeks after President Trump announced the pull-out of the American soldiers from Syria, the attention of the key players in the Syrian arena was diverted to eastern and northern Syria/ In the city of Hajin and its environs, the SDF campaign against ISIS continues. The Kurdish-controlled city of Manbij, is attracting considerable political and military attention in the wake of the Trump statement. In the Idlib area, incidents between the Syrian army and jihadi organizations continue. According to Arab media, the Americans have begun to evacuate their soldiers from Syria to the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 26, 2018 – January 1, 2019)

In the Gaza Strip there was a decrease in the number of participants at the events of the "return march" (the 40th) on Friday, December 28, 2018, compared with the previous week. In 2018 about 1,130 rocket and mortar shell hits were identified in Israeli territory, almost all of them since May 2018. This past week there was a vehicular attack in Samaria (no casualties were reported

Spotlight on Iran (December 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018)

The decision of United States’ (U.S.) President Donald Trump to withdraw American forces from Syria was met in Iran with surprise and satisfaction by most senior officials and commentators. The news of the U.S. withdrawal reverberated in Iraq as well, where the Iranian ambassador declared that his country ended its military presence in Iraq. In late December, a delegation of Hamas’ political bloc in the Palestinian parliament, headed by the senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar, visited Tehran/

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 20-26, 2018)

The most important event of the week was the US announcement that it intended to pull out its military personnel from Syria. An ITIC analysis of ISIS’s situation in Syria, Iraq, and the various provinces abroad shows that the organization has not been defeated, even though it was weakened following the collapse of the Islamic Caliphate. After the Caliphate collapsed, ISIS once again changed its methods and adapted itself to the changing realities.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 19 – December 25, 2018)

The level of violence at the "return march" held on Friday, December 21, 2018, was higher than in previous weeks. Following the events, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip sent Israel an explicit warning. After the escalation in terrorism in Judea and Samaria during the past week (four shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks) there was a decrease in quantity and "quality."

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