Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-28, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack in the southern Israeli city of Arad. On November 30, 2017, in an exceptional attack, between ten and twelve mortar shells were fired at an IDF post and IDF soldiers north of the Gaza Strip. Difficulties continue in implementing the internal Palestinian reconciliation. In light of reports in the media that the president of the United States is planning to declare recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the American embassy, the PA initiated a campaign to exert pressure on the Americans.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 23-29, 2017)

The main event of the week was a combined mass-killing attack carried out by ISIS in a Sufi mosque in the village of Al-Rawdah, some 45 km west of Al-Arish. In the ITIC’s assessment, ISIS’s Sinai Province and its other provinces abroad are highly motivated to carry out mass-killing attacks at the present time.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-28, 2017)

This past week there were no significant terrorist attacks carried out in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. In the realm of internal Palestinian affairs, talks were held in Cairo by the Palestinian organizations ("the meeting of the factions"). Salah al-Bardawil, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said "the meeting of the factions" had ended with a worthless announcement and no practical measures taken. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the meeting.
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Spotlight on Iran (November 12 – 26, 2017)

On November 21, following the capture of the city of Albu Kamal in Syria and Rawa in Iraq from ISIS, Iran declared “victory” in the campaign against the organization in Syria and Iraq. Senior Iranian officials and Iranian media outlets claimed that the victory against ISIS thwarted the conspiracy of the United States and its allies to establish “a new Middle East,” intended to serve the interests of the West and Israel.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 16-22, 2017)

This week marked the end of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which was declared by ISIS’s leader on June 29, 2014. The Islamic State has collapsed, but ISIS continues to exist as a terrorist and guerrilla organization in Syria, Iraq and abroad. Over the past two months, ISIS’s Khorasan Province (Afghanistan/Pakistan) has carried out four mass-casualty suicide bombing attacks in the capital Kabul.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 15-21, 2017)

This past week events focused on the vehicular and stabbing attack at two junctions in Gush Etzion. On November 18, 2017, the Rafah crossing opened for three days. On November 21, 2017, another round of talks began in Cairo between Fatah, Hamas and the other Palestinian organizations ("the meeting of the factions"), as stipulated in the reconciliation agreement.
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