Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 17 – 23, 2020)

Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip have been relatively quiet (with the exception of the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles driving on roads in Judea and Samaria). The number of active COVID-19 cases in Judea and Samaria spiked this past week, considered in the PA as a second wave of infection. The widespread outbreak of coronavirus in Judea and Samaria has drawn a considerable amount of attention in the PA towards dealing with the virus and away from the campaign against Israel.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 11-17, 2020)

This week there was an additional decline in the scope of ISIS’s activity around the globe, as part of a trend that has lasted for several weeks. In Borno State, in northeastern Nigeria, ISIS’s West Africa Province (reportedly) carried out a series of multi-casualty attacks. ISIS’s difficulties with its media network: ISIS’s Amaq News Agency has significantly reduced its publications. Routine reports from the various provinces have been significantly reduced, and Telegram (which serves as ISIS’s central distribution platform) continues to shut down ISIS-affiliated accounts.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 10 – 16, 2020)

Israel's southern border was tense this past week after several months of relative quiet due to the Gaza Strip's fight against COVID-19. Judea and Samaria have been relatively quiet after the number of popular terrorism attacks peaked during May 2020 (seven significant attacks). The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues its diplomatic and media campaign in the international arena to prevent Israel from implementing its intention to annex territories in Judea and Samaria.

Spotlight on Iran (May 31, 2020 – June 14, 2020)

Sources tracking the movement of freighter planes reported intensive activity between Iran and Syria, which included both Syrian and Iranian cargo planes. The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs lambasted the tightening of sanctions against Syria ahead of the entry into force of the Caesar Act, which places sanctions against any company and actor that will maintain economic ties with Syria in several sectors of the economy. Ahead of the start of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States, the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Esmail Qa’ani, visited Baghdad, likely to coordinate a united front with senior commanders of the Iraqi factions loyal to Iran.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (June 4-10, 2020)

In the past two weeks, there has been a decrease in ISIS’s activity in the various provinces, after it concentrated its effort on carrying out the wave of attacks in the second half of May (the Raids of Attrition). In the Idlib area, the erosion of the ceasefire agreement reached between Russia and Turkey is evident.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 3 –9, 2020)

The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. In Judea and Samaria a stabbing attack was prevented at the Hashmonaim Crossing (near Modi'in). Throughout Judea and Samaria stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at civilian Israeli vehicles on the roads. The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues its intensive activity to recruit support to prevent Israel from annexing territory in Judea and Samaria. In the meantime PA institutions are trying to find solutions for the problems that will be created by the PA decision to end security and civilian coordination with Israel.

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