Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 30, 2023)

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)

Gazans line up for water (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023).

Gazans line up for water (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023).

Gazans evacuated from Gaza City take advantage of the ceasefire to go to the beach (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023)

Gazans evacuated from Gaza City take advantage of the ceasefire to go to the beach (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023)

The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem (Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)

The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem (Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)

The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem (Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)

The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem (Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)

The weapons used by the terrorists (Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit, November 30, 2023)

The weapons used by the terrorists (Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit, November 30, 2023)

Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)

Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)

Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)

Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)

Northern Arena, Israeli Casualties, Rocket Fire

Overview[1]
  • The release of the abductees: Following the extension of the temporary ceasefire, a sixth group of abductees was released: ten Israeli children and women, two women with Russian citizenship and four foreign citizens. At the last minute, the ceasefire was extended by one more day for the return of more abductees.
  • Terrorist attack in Jerusalem: Three people were killed in a shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem, carried out by two terrorists from east Jerusalem, former prisoners. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by two operatives from its military-terrorist wing. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) were smug about the attack, which they claimed was in response to Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria
  • The combat arena: Despite the temporary ceasefire, three Palestinians were killed in a clash with IDF forces.
  • According to an unofficial estimate, since October 7 approximately 1,200 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 395 of them soldiers and officers (including three bodies); 145 civilian and military abductees are being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.88 hostages have been released to date.
  • The Gaza Strip: Local figures are calling for more humanitarian aid.
  • The northern sector: After several days of quiet during the temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, on the morning of November 30, 2023, aerial defense fighters intercepted a suspicious target crossing the Lebanese border into Israeli territory (IDF spokesperson, November 30, 2023).
  • Judea and Samaria: Israeli security force counterterrorism activities continue. Palestinian figures condemned the killing of two senior terrorist operatives in the Jenin refugee camp.
  • The foreign ministers of the UN Security Council convened to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip. Israel and the United States rejected the call for a permanent ceasefire. The meeting ended without the announcement of resolutions.
The Temporary Ceasefire and the Release of the Abductees
  • Late at night on November 28, 2023, after many delays, which were defined as “technical,” Hamas released ten Israeli women and children and four Thai citizens. Two women with Russian (and Israeli) citizenship were returned earlier. According to Hamas, they were added to the list as a tribute to the president of Russia.
  • The Russian foreign ministry thanked the Hamas leadership for the release of the two abducted Russian citizens and stated that Russia was working for the quick release of its remaining captive citizens. The ministry added that Russian citizens were given the opportunity to return home without committing to the conditions agreed upon between Israel and Hamas for the release of women and children (Russian foreign ministry Telegram channel, November 30, 2023).
Extending the temporary ceasefire and the agreement for returning the abductees
  • After an unsatisfactory list of abductees’ names was submitted to Israel, the Israeli Defense Cabinet decided that if a list as agreed upon by the ceasefire conditions was not submitted by 7 a.m., , fighting would resume immediately.
  • Hamas claimed that in exchange for the extension of the truce, Israel refused to accept seven abducted women and children and three bodies of women and children. According to Hamas, the mediators confirmed the ten on the list were all the abductees Hamas had “managed to find,” in accordance with the agreement that included only women and children. (Hamas Telegram channel, November 30, 2023). The Hamas military-terrorist wing ordered its operatives to remain on high combat alert during the last hours of the ceasefire in preparation for the resumption of fighting, should the ceasefire not be extended (Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades Telegram channel, November 30, 2023).
  • About 20 minutes before the temporary ceasefire expired, Hamas submitted an “improved” list of women and children to Israel, and the Israeli Defense Cabinet decided to extend the ceasefire. The spokesperson for Qatar’s foreign ministry confirmed that an agreement had been reached for extending the humanitarian ceasefire for another day with the same conditions: the cessation of attacks and the entry of humanitarian aid (Qatar’s foreign ministry X account, November 30, 2023). Hamas also said it agreed to extend the truce for another day (November 30) (Hamas Telegram channel, November 30, 2023).
  • Senior Hamas terrorist Bassem Na’im, a member of the Hamas leadership and the chairman of Hamas’ political department in the Gaza Strip, reported that Israel had been under great pressure to extend the temporary ceasefire with the same conditions. He claimed that after “intensive search efforts,” Hamas had located seven civilians and three bodies of Israeli civilians who had [allegedly] been killed in the Israeli attacks, and they could deliver them on November 30. He said that Israel originally rejected the offer, and “procrastinated” until the last minute before 07:00, but finally accepted the offer, thereby extending the temporary ceasefire for another day. He claimed there were civilian men Hamas planned to release as part of a comprehensive deal and a longer ceasefire, and the matter was currently under discussion. He also noted that an exchange deal for the soldiers and emptying the prisons of Palestinian prisoners would take a very long time, just as the Gilad Shalit exchange deal had taken several years, and therefore a ceasefire should be a basic condition for such a deal (al-Arabi TV X account, November 30, 2023).
  • Bassam Na’im is currently in Cape Town, South Africa, where on November 29, he participated in an event at St. George’s Cathedral to mark the UN international day of solidarity with the Palestinians (Middle East Monitor, November 30, 2023).
Bassem Naim holds a sign; next to him, wearing a jacket, is Khaled Qadoumi, Hamas representative in Iran (Shehab X account, November 29, 2023)    Bassem Naim in Cape Town.
Right: Bassem Naim in Cape Town. Left: Bassem Naim holds a sign; next to him, wearing a jacket, is Khaled Qadoumi, Hamas representative in Iran (Shehab X account, November 29, 2023)
  • Regarding the extension of the temporary ceasefire, senior Hamas terrorist Osama Hamdan said the efforts to extend it had not yet matured and Hamas was prepared for every possibility after it ended. He claimed that if the quiet continued, they would accept it, and if there were “aggression,” they would respond. He said there would be no discussion about releasing abducted soldiers before the “aggression and the siege” ended. It Israel wanted to exchange adult abductees, Hamas would be prepared to do so if the temporary ceasefire was extended (al-Mayadeen, November 29, 2023).
  • Zaher Jabarin, who holds the prisoner portfolio in Hamas, said that in the Egyptian-Israeli-American negotiations currently being held in Qatar, they were discussing the release of all the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. He added that the Israeli abductees, and especially the military personnel, would not be released unless all the Palestinian prisoners were released. He claimed that at the moment Hamas did not have women and children, and the negotiations were now for the remaining abductees, the civilians and the military personnel. He pointed out that not all the abductees were being held by Hamas, but Hamas was authorized by all the organizations to negotiate.
  • Jabarin noted that at this stage the ceasefire focused on the Gaza Strip, but without a doubt, discussions were also taking place about events in Judea and Samaria. He said they called for an end to the “aggression” against all Palestinians, in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. However, right now they were focused on stopping the killing in the Gaza Strip, to make it possible to progress to the next stage to end all forms of “aggression” in all Palestinian arenas. Regarding the possibility that the released Palestinian prisoners would be detained again, Jabarin said that they, and he personally, were holding discussions with the mediators and examining ways to legally secure the agreement and obtain an international guarantee to keep Israel from shirking its obligations. As to disputes regarding the names of those to be released, Jabarin said the struggle was “difficult,” since Israel demonstrated sensitivity regarding some of the names and dwelled on specific details, and emphasized that there were indeed obstacles, but they held “strong cards” for pressure and negotiation, and they were imposing the terms (Arab World Press news agency (AWP), November 30, 2023).
  • Senior PIJ terrorist Daoud Shehab, in charge of the PIJ’s media information bureau, said the Palestinian “resistance” [terrorist organizations] was determined to move forward towards releasing all male and female prisoners from Israeli prisons, and claimed that one of the most important motives for Operation al-Aqsa Storm and the actions before it was the effort to free the prisoners. He added that all Palestinians were one front, and the “resistance,” especially the military[-terrorist] wings of Hamas and the PIJ, were “an example of cooperation and unity,” operating against Israel “like the right hand and the left hand on the battlefield.” Regarding the [alleged] Israeli violations of the terms of the ceasefire, he said they were monitoring the issue and assessing the situation on the ground. He claimed they went into the temporary ceasefire with one finger on the trigger and bargaining chips in the other hand. As to the exchange deals, Shehab said everything had a different price, and when the phase of the civilian abductees had been completed and they began discussing military personnel, the prices would be different (Filastin al-Yawm TV website, November 29, 2023).

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The Combat Arena
  • On November 29, 2023, the temporary ceasefire was again violated and three terrorist operatives who posed a threat to the IDF forces were killed in a clash (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023).
IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 30, 2023)     IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 30, 2023)
IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 30, 2023)
IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)    IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)
IDF forces in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)
  • Nasser Abu Sharif, PIJ representative in Iran, said that on 7 October, the “resistance’ succeeded in bringing in the servers of intelligence computers belonging to Israel, and that these servers contained the names of “many Zionist spies”, even those in Iran. He said that, “the achievements of the Palestinian operation [were] beyond all imagination and he did not think that all the intelligence agencies in the world would not function.” (Mehr, November 29, 2023).
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip
  • Since the announcement of the temporary ceasefire, no rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, with the exception of a few launches at the area surrounding Gaza near the time the ceasefire began.
Israeli casualties
  • According to an unofficial estimate, since October 7 approximately 1,200 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 395 of them soldiers and officers (including three bodies); 145 civilian and military abductees are being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, 88 hostages were returned.

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The Gaza Strip
Palestinian casualties
  • The Hamas-controlled government media information bureau in Gaza reported that as of 7:15 p.m., November 27, 2027, the number of dead stood at more than 15,000 and the number of wounded at more than 36,000 (Shehab X account, November 27, 2023).
The situation in the hospitals
  • The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed the public health system in the Gaza Strip was “paralyzed.” He said only 15 of the Gaza Strip’s 36 hospitals were currently functional and were operating at full capacity. He said that due to the high number of casualties, the public health system currently needed 5,000 more beds. He noted that during the temporary ceasefire 121 trucks of medical equipment had been delivered to the agency’s warehouses in the Gaza Strip (al-Quds, November 29, 2023).
The situation in the Gaza Strip
  • Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA’s media advisor in the Gaza Strip, again said that the number of trucks entering the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire did not meet their needs or have any effect on the humanitarian situation. The amount of cooking gas entering the Gaza Strip was only one third of what was necessary. He claimed the Gaza Strip needed 200 trucks a day for months in a row. He also claimed that since the markets in the north and south were empty,[2] food should also be brought into the Strip (al-Ghad TV, November 30, 2023).
Adnan Abu Hasna interviewed by al-Ghad TV, November 30, 2023
Adnan Abu Hasna interviewed by al-Ghad TV, November 30, 2023
  • Senior PIJ terrorist Daoud Shehab, in charge of the PIJ media information bureau, said the aid delivered during the six days of the temporary ceasefire was insufficient and met no more than 20% of the residents’ needs. He said they opposed the deliveries and instead wanted a full opening of “the crossings,” the introduction of aid should become “routine” and “trade should return to its previous level.” He claimed it was not an exaggeration to say Palestinians found it difficult to obtain a morsel of bread or water (SAMA, October 29, 2023).
 Gazans evacuated from Gaza City take advantage of the ceasefire to go to the beach (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023)     Gazans line up for water (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023).
Right: Gazans line up for water (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023). Left: Gazans evacuated from Gaza City take advantage of the ceasefire to go to the beach
(Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023)
  • At a forum held by the Algerian newspaper al-Shorouk on the subject of aid for the Gaza Strip, Yusuf Hamdan, Hamas representative in Algeria, said Gaza’s most pressing need was medical aid because “all the hospitals” were not providing services, the establishment of field hospitals had to be accelerated. He called on the Algerian government and people to join the effort. He claimed a lot of aid had arrived in Gaza which the residents might not need, such as equipment for treating COVID-19 and foods that required kitchens and electricity or gas for cooking, such as flour. He added that efforts had to be coordinated to send effective aid such as fast food, mattresses, clothes and tents, especially in light of the cold weather in Gaza (al-Shorouk website, November 28, 2023).
  • Ahmed Ibrahimi, chairman of the El Baraka Association,[3] said the association had brought 11 trucks carrying humanitarian aid into Gaza and had opened ten shelters in different areas of the Strip, including three in the last few days, to ensure “real care” for the displaced Palestinians by providing hot meals, clothes and mattresses. He claimed 18 El Baraka volunteers distributing aid in the Gaza Strip had been killed, and the association’s headquarters had been attacked and destroyed. He claimed the association had been stockpiling food for many months before the start of Operation al-Aqsa Storm, which most Gazans did because they knew “aggression” could resume at any moment. He added that the association had divided its food stocks and teams into seven areas in the Gaza Strip to transfer aid from the southern Gaza Strip to the north (al-Shorouk website, November 28, 2023).
Yusuf Hamdan, Hamas representative in Algeria (al-Shorouk website, November 28, 2023)
Yusuf Hamdan, Hamas representative in Algeria (al-Shorouk website, November 28, 2023)
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing (Wafa YouTube channel, November 29, 2023)
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing
(Wafa YouTube channel,
November 29, 2023)

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The Northern Arena
Lebanon
  • After several days of quiet during the temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, on the morning November 30, 2023, IDF aerial defense fighters intercepted a suspicious target that crossed the border from Lebanon into Israeli territory (IDF spokesperson, November 30, 2023).
  • Hezbollah held a conference in memory of the son of Muhammad Raad, head of the Hezbollah faction in the parliament, who was killed “as a shaheed on the way to Jerusalem.” The conference was attended by senior Hezbollah terrorist operatives, members of Lebanese Parliament, the commander of the Lebanese Army, PIJ secretary general Ziyad al-Nakhalah and others (al-Manar, November 30, 2023). November 23, 2023.
The Lebanese government
  • Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, met in the village of Ayn al-Tina with French envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian, who presented him with an American and Israeli proposal that included changes to Resolution 1701. Berri stated that Lebanon opposed changes to Resolution 1701, adding that Lebanon’s international borders were known and clear. He emphasized that they still adhered to the Resolution, while Israel had [allegedly] violated it “thousands of times” (al-Joumhouria, November 30, 2023). Muhammad Raad, chairman of the Hezbollah faction in the parliament, also met with Jean-Yves Le Drian, and with French ambassador to Lebanon (al-Ghad , November 30, 2023).

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Judea and Samaria
Terrorist attack in Jerusalem
  • On the morning of November 30, 2023, a shooting attack was carried out at the Givat Shaul Intersection at the entrance to Jerusalem. Two Palestinians armed with an M-16 rifle and a pistol drove to the intersection. They exited the vehicle and started shooting at civilians who were standing at a bus stop, killing three Israeli civilians and wounding 14, four of them critically. Two soldiers and an armed civilian, who were at the scene of the attack at the time, shot and killed the terrorists.
The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem (Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)       The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem (Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)
The scene of the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem
(Right: Israel Police Force spokesperson’s unit; Left: Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)
The weapons used by the terrorists (Israel Police Force spokesperson's unit, November 30, 2023)
The weapons used by the terrorists (Israel Police Force spokesperson’s unit, November 30, 2023)
  • According to reports, the terrorists were brothers Murad Nimr, 38 years old, and Ibrahim Nimr, 30 years old, from the Sur Baher neighborhood in east Jerusalem. The two were released prisoners and Hamas terrorist operatives. Murad was imprisoned in Israel between 2010 and 2020 for terrorist activity directed by Hamas from the Gaza Strip, and Ibrahim in 2014 for terrorist activity (Israeli media, Israel Police Force, November 30, 2023). Following the attack, Israeli security forces raided their house in Sur Baher and detained several family members (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023).
 The terrorists who carried out the shooting attack in Jerusalem: Murad (right) and Ibrahim Nimr (Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)    The terrorists who carried out the shooting attack in Jerusalem: Murad (right) and Ibrahim Nimr (Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)
The terrorists who carried out the shooting attack in Jerusalem: Murad (right) and Ibrahim Nimr (Shehab X account, November 30, 2023)
Right: A notice honoring the terrorists, Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades operatives Ibrahim (right) and Murad Nimr (Amal Salom's X account November 30, 2023) Left: A Palestinian cartoon after the shooting attack in Jerusalem. Gaza is paused, while Jerusalem is active (Alaa' al-Laqta's Facebook page, November 30, 2023)
Right: A notice honoring the terrorists, Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades operatives Ibrahim (right) and Murad Nimr (Amal Salom’s X account November 30, 2023) Left: A Palestinian cartoon after the shooting attack in Jerusalem. Gaza is paused, while Jerusalem is active (Alaa’ al-Laqta’s Facebook page, November 30, 2023)
  • Hamas issued a mourning notice for the deaths of Marad Muhammad Nimr and Ibrahim Muhammad Nimr, terrorist operatives of its military wing. The notice claimed the attack was carried out as a “natural response” “to Israel’s unprecedented crimes, the brutal massacres in the Gaza Strip and the killing of the children in Jenin, the numerous violations against the prisoners in Israeli jails and the continued violations at al-Aqsa Mosque, preventing worshipers from reaching it” (Hamas Telegram channel in Judea and Samaria, November 30, 2023).
Hamas mourning notice (Hamas Telegram channel in Judea and Samaria, November 30, 2023)
Hamas mourning notice (Hamas Telegram channel in Judea and Samaria, November 30, 2023)
Reactions to the shooting attack
  • PIJ spokesman Musab al-Breem, noted that according to the “resistance” [terrorist organizations], Jerusalem would continue to be the title for the campaign and motivate all Palestinians He claimed the attack was proof of the Palestinians’ choice and proof that they were still here and would not make do with standing firm, but would fight to preserve Jerusalem and its [allegedly Muslim] identity. He claimed Israel had to internalize that all forms of “aggression” against the Palestinians would not break their will to fight, as they were determined to continue the conflict in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and in all the arenas. He said they were continuing to arm the West Bank and the next hours and days would prove to Israel that the option of sacrifice, martyrdom and confrontation was stronger than Israeli “aggression” (AlMayadeenLive TV X account, November 7, 2023).
  • Mahmoud Mardawi, a senior Hamas terrorist operative from Qalqilya, who was expelled to the Gaza Strip in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal, called the shooting attack an “act of heroism and a natural response to Israel’s [alleged] crimes ” in the Gaza Strip, and to the “heinous crime” in Jenin on November 29, in which two children were killed. He added that the response was a message to Israel and further “proof” of the strength of the “resistance” [terrorist organizations] and its ability to attack anywhere. He called on the Palestinians to continue carrying out “high-quality attacks” against IDF forces and “settlers” [Israeli civilians] in all areas (Palinfo, November 30, 2023).
  • Ibrahim al-Madhoun, a Hamas political commentator, wrote that the attack was in response to Israel’s “massacres” in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, and as a form of support for the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades’ nukhba [Hamas’ elite terrorist force, which carried out the invasion and massacre on October 7]. He claimed the attack sent the message that Israel’s “brutality” would be met with “high-quality [mass casualty] attacks” and that as long the “occupation” existed, there would be many “high-quality” attacks (Ibrahim al-Madhoun’s X account, November 30, 2023).
Preventive and counterterrorism activities
  • The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian media reported that during the past day the forces detained 40 Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (Wafa, November 30, 2023). The PA ministry of health in Ramallah reported that since the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip (October 7, 2023), a total of 247 Palestinians were killed in Judea and Samaria (ministry of health in Ramallah Facebook page, November 30, 2023).
  • On the morning of October 30, 2023, extensive activity by Israeli security forces in Tulkarm was reported. Ten Palestinians were detained (Shehab X account, November 30, 2023). The Palestinians also reported the detention of Faze’ Sawafta, a senior Hamas terrorist in Tubas (Shehab X account, November 30, 2023).
  • On November 29, 2023, during an Israeli security force operation in the Jenin refugee camp, two wanted terrorist operatives were killed: Muhammad al-Zubeidi, senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) Jenin Battalion, who was involved in several shooting attacks in the Jenin area, and Wissam Hanoun. Three M-16 assault rifles were found in the building where they had barricaded themselves. In addition, during the activity in the camp, an underground shaft and a lathe for manufacturing weapons were located and destroyed. IEDs and large quantities of ammunition were found, and 17 wanted Palestinians were detained (IDF spokesperson website, November 29, 2023).
Muhammad al-Zubeidi (right) and Wissam Hanoun (left) (Ma'an, November 29, 2023)
Muhammad al-Zubeidi (right) and Wissam Hanoun (left) (Ma’an, November 29, 2023)
Weapons found during the activity in Jenin. Left: Shaft found (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)
Weapons found during the activity in Jenin. Left: Shaft found (IDF spokesperson, November 29, 2023)
  • Following the killing of the two senior operatives in the Jenin refugee camp and the deaths of two children in a security activity in Jenin, Hamas issued a statement condemning the “storming” of Jenin and calling on the Palestinians, revolutionary youth and “resistance” [terrorist] brigades to escalate the confrontation with Israel (Hamas Telegram channel, November 29, 2023).
  • The PIJ in Judea and Samaria stressed they were determined to confront the enemy, no matter what the cost. They called on all Palestinians to embark on an all-out resistance to make Israel “pay for its crimes” (PIJ media information office Telegram channel, November 29, 2023).
  • The PA foreign ministry condemned the “execution” of the two Palestinian children and called on the international community to implement the UN resolution and end the occupation (PA foreign ministry Telegram channel, November 29, 2023).
Palestinian Authority
  • Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority chairman, spoke on the occasion of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinians, marked annually on November 29. He said the current solidarity day was marked with “deliberate and systematic harm to the Palestinian people.” He stressed that the world should not stand idly by in the face of the killing and harm to the Palestinian people, and that ending the occupation and implementing the rights of the Palestinian people were the only way to achieve stability and peace in the region. Referring to the situation in the Gaza Strip, he said it was imperative to stop “Israeli aggression” immediately. He rejected the idea of dividing the Gaza Strip, reducing its territory, or redeploying IDF forces inside the Strip. He reiterated that there would be no separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and there would be no Palestinian state without the Gaza Strip (Wafa, November 29, 2023).
  • Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee, met in Ramallah with members of the G7 countries and Norway to discuss the latest developments on the ground during the sixth day of the humanitarian ceasefire. The parties also discussed possible courses of action to establish longer periods of truce, end the war in the Gaza Strip definitively, end the fighting in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, and deal with the economic crisis facing the PA (Hussein al-Sheikh’s X account, November 29, 2023).
Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)       Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners (QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)
Reception in Ramallah for the sixth group of released Palestinian prisoners
(QudsN X account, November 30, 2023)

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Iran
  • Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, Iranian foreign minister, spoke with his UAE counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to discuss developments in the Middle East, the situation during the temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and the importance of delivering humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza. Abdollahian strongly condemned the “war crimes of the Zionist regime” and stressed the need for Arab and Islamic countries to support the Palestinians (ISNA, November 29, 2023).
  • Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said at a meeting of Basij members in Qazvin Province that the terrorist attack on October 7 had proved that the collapse of the “Zionist regime” was closer and simpler than anything the Zionists and Americans thought. He noted that in the event of another similar attack, Israel could be eliminated within 48 hours. He added that Israel had suffered heavy losses in the war which it was hiding, and did not want to continue the war. Therefore, it would eventually have to agree to a ceasefire (Tasnim, November 30, 2023).
Iranian militias
  • Grant Shapps, the British Secretary of State for Defence, announced that Britain had decided to move the destroyer HMS Diamond to the Persian Gulf amid fears that attacks by Iran’s proxies would intensify. He said the step was taken at the request of their partners, and it sent a clear message to Iran and its proxies not to intervene in the war. Shapps said recent events had proven how critical the Middle East was to global stability and the current deployment of forces would help ensure freedom of navigation in the region and the safe flow of trade (The Telegraph, November 30, 2023).
Iraq and Syria
  • According to an “American Department of Defense official,” rockets were fired at an American base in the Euphrates River area of Syria. It was noted that it was the first attack on an American base since the truce between Israel and Hamas began (UAE daily The National, November 29, 2023).
Yemen
  • The American Army Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that on November 29, 2023, at around 11 a.m. Yemen time, the destroyer USS Carney intercepted an Iranian-made KAS-04 UAV in the southern Red Sea. According to CENTCOM, the aircraft was launched by the Houthis in Yemen, and it was impossible to know what its purpose was (CENTCOM X account, November 30, 2023).
  • In response to a statement by the foreign ministers of the G7 countries calling on the Houthis to stop threatening international shipping routes, Houthi spokesman Muhammad Abdeslam said that the way in which these countries legitimized “the Zionist entity’s” (Israel) self-defense violated international law and that Yemeni naval forces were committed to defending Yemen’s maritime territory “in accordance with their sovereign powers.” Referring to recent naval operations, Abdeslam claimed they were limited to Israeli ships, as indicated in their repeated warnings that ships belonging to or linked to Israel would be targeted. As for the crew of the hijacked Galaxy Leader, Abdeslam said the takeover was carried out as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinians, and that the fate of the ship was related to the decisions of the Palestinian “resistance” and how it could be served in the confrontation with Israel (Abdeslam’s Telegram channel, November 29, 2023).
The Arab Arena
Iraq
  • Falih al-Fayyad, chairman of the Popular Mobilization, visited the headquarters of al-Mayadeen network in Lebanon and expressed condolences for the deaths of two of its employees in an exchange of fire between the IDF and Hezbollah. Interviewed by the network, al-Fayyad said the Palestinian issue was important to the Iraqi people and Iraq would continue to defend it. He praised the network’s “credibility,” noting that it contributed to the interests of all the peoples in the region (al-Mayadeen network X account, November 30, 2023).
Jordan
  • According to Jordanian parliamentary sources, a number of parliamentarians wrote to senior Hamas terrorist Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’ political bureau, to demand that Hamas include Jordanian prisoners in Israeli jails on the list of exchanges with Israel. Haniyeh’s reply was positive and confirmed Hamas’ promise to include the names. Zaher Jabarin, who holds Hamas’ prisoner portfolio, said the abducted soldiers in the Gaza Strip would be released only in return for the release of all the Palestinian prisoners and the Arab, Jordanian and non-Jordanian prisoners in Israeli jails (aljazeera.net, November 29, 2023).
  • A survey conducted by the Institute for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan showed that two-thirds of Jordan’s residents strongly support “Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on October 7,” and only 8% do not. According to the survey, conducted among a sample of 1,200 residents, 86% of Jordanians are dissatisfied with the position of Western countries towards the war. It also emerged that about 70% watch al-Jazeera to follow the fighting in the Gaza Strip (the University Institute website, November 29, 2023).
The International Arena
United Nations Security Council
  • The foreign ministers of the UN Security Council convened to discuss developments in the Gaza Strip. Israel and the United States opposed the call for a permanent ceasefire. The meeting ended without any resolutions issued. In a speech given at the opening of the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the acts of sexual violence perpetrated by the Palestinian organizations during the October 7 attacks should be investigated. Regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip, he claimed that there was no safe place in the Gaza Strip and they estimated that about 80% of the Gazans had been forced to leave their homes, and 45% of the houses had been damaged or completely destroyed. He also noted that the scale of the destruction and death in the Gaza Strip indicated the use of weapons that cause extensive damage in populated areas. Guterres said intensive negotiations were underway to extend the ceasefire, which they welcomed, but they believed there should be a real humanitarian ceasefire. Regarding the supply of fuel to the Gaza Strip, he clarified that the quantity was insufficient for basic needs (Reuters, November 29, 2023).
  • During the discussion, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman said that they were in contact with all international partners to de-escalate the situation in the Gaza Strip and that they expected additional steps to be taken by the Security Council to reach a permanent ceasefire. Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian foreign minister, said the destruction in the Gaza Strip was unprecedented and the aid that had entered so far was insufficient. Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, said they condemned the policy of collective punishment against the Palestinian people and that the decision on the future of the Gaza Strip had to remain in the hands of the Palestinian people. The Jordanian foreign minister said Israel had thwarted all the peace efforts over the past thirty years (Wafa, November 29, 2023).
  • In a speech delivered electronically at the UN Security Council meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that so far, the UN, and especially the Security Council, had not fulfilled their legal and moral responsibility for the Palestinian issue. He noted that the main reason was the unconditional United States support for Israel. He claimed it was a “moral failure” on the part of the international community, which should have acted to prevent the continuation of Israeli attacks in Gaza. He called on the Security Council to work toward the establishment of a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, prevent the removal of Palestinians from their homeland, allow the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip, and prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes in the Strip (Tasnim, November 30, 2023).
  • On the sidelines of the meeting, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said Saudi Arabia was working for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. He referred to the situation in the Gaza Strip as “intolerable” and pointed out that international public opinion regarding the events in the Gaza Strip had begun to change. He called on the international community to act to end the fighting and the “siege” and bring humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip (al-Arabiya, November 29, 2023).
United States
  • American Secretary of State Antony Blinken landed in Israel for a quick visit where he hoped to discuss with senior Israeli officials the extension of the ceasefire and the increase of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. In United States assessment, it will not be possible to extend the ceasefire for too long.
  • The United States Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on over twenty individuals and entities involved in a financial facilitation network that benefits Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff, and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (Treasury Department website, November 29, 2023).
France
  • French foreign ministry spokesperson said France was working together with the European Union to impose sanctions on Hamas commanders. She noted that they also did not rule out imposing EU sanctions on Israeli settlers who had targeted Palestinians in the West Bank (Reuters, November 29, 2023).
Germany
  • The head of the German intelligence services warned that due to the war between Israel and Hamas, there was a high risk of Islamist-motivated attacks. He noted there had recently been calls for carrying out attacks and calls for al-Qaeda and ISIS to enter the conflict in the Middle East. Therefore, he said, the authorities were increasing security, especially for Jews, Jewish institutions and mass events (Agence France-Presse, November 29, 2023).

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[2] For pictures of people shopping in the markets in Gaza, see the ITIC report, "Operation Iron Swords, Updated 1 p.m., November 29, 2023."
[3] The El Baraka Association for Charitable and Humanitarian Work is a charitable association. Its chairman visited the Gaza Strip several times as part of Miles of Smiles convoys.