Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 23 – 29, 2018)

In the Gaza Strip there is escalation, the first of its kind since Operation Protective Edge (2014). On the morning of May 29, 2018, a new stage began (alongside the existing pattern of attacks), when at least 27 mortar shells were fired at a number of targets in the western Negev. In the meantime, propaganda-related activities organized by Hamas in the battle for hearts and minds continue.
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Spotlight on Iran (May 13 – May 27, 2018)

The statements made by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and his Presidential Envoy to Syria, Alexander Laverentiev, according to which foreign forces, including those of Iran and Hezbollah, should leave Syria, have aroused sharp criticism in recent days in Iran toward Russia. Against the backdrop of the challenges Iran is facing in its efforts to cement a military foothold in Syria, Tehran continues to try to advance its economic influence in the country. Iran appears to be troubled by the results of the general elections in Iraq. Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, gave an interview to the al-Mayadeen network, during which he addressed, among other topics, relations between Hamas and Iran.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 16-23, 2018)

After approximately one month of fighting, the Syrian army completed its takeover of the ISIS enclave south of Damascus. As a result, the Syrian regime declared the Damascus area “a terror-free zone. While ISIS is suffering defeats in Syria, and its operatives in Iraq are under incessant pressure from the Iraqi security forces, ISIS’s provinces and its supporters throughout the world continue to carry out intensive terrorist activity. In light of the achievements of the Syrian army, and as part of the preparations for the day after, tension is rising between the main centers of power supporting the Syrian regime.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 16-22, 2018)

The "return marches" continue, also after the events of May 14, 2018. However, this past Friday (May 18) there was a decline in the number of rioters (a few thousand) and in the level of violence. Senior Hamas figures encourage the demonstrators to continue holding demonstrations Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), was hospitalized in Ramallah.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 10-15, 2018)

Despite the exchange of blows between the IDF and the Iranian forces in Syria, the Syrian army and SDF forces continued to fight against ISIS uninterruptedly in the two main arenas. While ISIS is facing severe pressure in its “core countries” (Iraq and Syria), its operatives or supporters, influenced by its ideology, continue to carry out terrorist attacks throughout the world. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Muslims (May 14, 2018) to carry out jihad against the United States and Western countries following the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 9-15, 2018)

Events this past week focused on the violent, pre-planned demonstrations of the "great return march" on May 14, 2018. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations called on the residents of Judea and Samaria to join the demonstrations. Response was poor.
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