Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Aug 1 – 7, 2018)

The Friday, August 3, 2018 "return march" was attended by more than 8,000 Gazan demonstrators and rioters. They clashed with IDF forces and threw an IED and Molotov cocktails. In the meantime, attempts continue to reach an agreement between Israel and Hamas negotiated by Egypt and Nikolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East. Another complication making it difficult to reach an agreement is the position taken by Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
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Spotlight on Iran (July 22 – August 5, 2018)

As tensions mount between Iran and the United States, the Commander of the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Qasem Soleimani, warned the United States against launching military action on Iran. The Iranian news agency Tasnim published a video documenting the capture of the town of Albu Kamal in Syria by the fighters of the Fatemiyoun Brigade, the Afghan militia operating under IRGC guidance in Syria. Iran, Russia and Turkey continue to hold deliberations concerning the settlement of the war in Syria. In an interview to Israeli media, the Russian ambassador to Israel stated that Russia can not force Iran to withdraw from Syria, but only try to convince it to do so.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 26 – August 1, 2018)

On July 31, 2018, the Syrian army almost completed its takeover of the Yarmouk Basin from ISIS. At the same time, the Syrian Army completed its takeover of the area of Quneitra. Syrian soldiers entered the old city of Quneitra and raised the Syrian flag (a “victory picture”). In order to ease the pressure exerted on it in the Yarmouk Basin, ISIS carried out a combined attack against the Druze civilian population in the city of As-Suwayda and several villages in its vicinity.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 25-31, 2018)

This past week terrorist events focused on the stabbing attack in the community of Adam (near Ramallah). In the Gaza Strip snipers again shot at an IDF force, wounding an officer. The Friday July 27 "return march" was attended by about 7,000 Gazans. Attempts continued to reach an agreement to stabilize the ceasefire and prevent the situation from deteriorating, with Nikolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East, and Egypt both holding rounds of talks with Hamas.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 19-25, 2018)

The Syrian army is completing its takeover of the Syrian Golan Heights while establishing its presence along the border with Israel. Most of the areas under the control of the rebel organizations fell into the hands of the Syrian army and the forces supporting it, without significant fighting but rather through surrender agreements (so-called reconciliation agreements) involving the Russians
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 18 –24, 2018)

Since the ceasefire achieved at the end of the fourth round of escalation the situation on the ground has been relatively calm. One manifestation of the calm has been a significant drop in the scope of arson terrorism, which led to the partial reopening of the Kerem Shalom. However, tension along the border, caused by Hamas' policy
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