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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 16 –22, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out four shooting attacks, two of them deadly. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities. A laboratory and a warehouse with 15 IEDs ready for use were located in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus,.The terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, led by Hamas, continue to develop and improve their rockets and other weapons capabilities. On August 17, 2023, Hamas fired fifty Ayash 250 rockets towards the sea. On two consecutive days the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted UAVs flying over the Gaza Strip. About a thousand security prisoners began a hunger strike. Sources in Hamas, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) warned Israel not to harm the prisoners. According to reports, all the operatives of the Balata Battalion in Nablus surrendered to the national security forces. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh continued diplomatic activity for recognition of a Palestinian state and to enlist international aid. On August 20, 2023, the school year began for Palestinian children.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 9-15, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out five terrorist attacks; there were no Israeli casualties. Shots were fired at an IDF post near Ya'bad on three different occasions. The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities, focusing on Jericho, Tulkarm and Nablus; four Palestinians were killed. The Israeli Security Agency recently exposed two terrorist squads. This week the seventh attempt was made to launch a rocket at the settlement of Shaked. The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. On a recent visit to the Gaza Strip, senior Hamas figure Musa Abu Marzouq said the most recent meeting of the Palestinian organizations' leadership in Egypt had not yielded results. A summit meeting was held in Egypt attended by Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Egypt and the king of Jordan, promising full support for the Palestinian issue. In an unprecedented step, Saudi Arabia appointed its ambassador to Jordan as a non-resident ambassador to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and consul general in Jerusalem.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 2-8, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out four terrorist attacks: three shootings (in Tel Aviv, at the Hamra Junction in the Jordan Valley and in Ma'ale Adumim) and a stabbing south of Hebron. A municipal security patrol officer was killed in the shooting in Tel Aviv. Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities, focusing on the Nur al-Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm and the Jenin area. The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. Thanks to funding from Qatar, this past week the fourth turbine was activated at the power plant that supplies electricity, increasing the hours of electricity in several areas. Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Jordan at the head of a delegation of senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures and met with King Abdallah of Jordan.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 26 – August 1, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks: a vehicular ramming and a shooting, both targeting IDF forces. On July 27, 2023, the Hamas-affiliated [Yahya] al-Ayash Battalion announced it had fired a rocket at Ram-Ohn, a moshav south of the northern city of Afula. Israeli security forces and demolitions experts searched the area and located the remains of an improvised rocket which landed in Palestinian territory. It was the sixth time since May 2023 the al-Ayash Battalion has launched rockets at Israel and the fifth time rocket remains have been found.[1] Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.The Palestinian Authority's (PA) security forces continued their countermeasures and prevention activities, mainly in the Jenin area.The Gaza Strip remained relatively calm. ael.A summit meeting of the Palestinian organizations' leadership, initiated by Mahmoud Abbas, was held in el-Alamein, in northern Egypt; the PIJ was not represented.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 19-25, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out five terrorist attacks: two shooting attacks; two stabbing attacks and a vehicular ramming attack. A stabbing attack was prevented near Kiryat Arba. IDF forces continued counterterrorism activities, focusing mainly on the Nur al-Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm, where IEDs ready for detonation were seized. Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.In preparation for Tisha b'Av, Hamas called on the Palestinian public to "resist" the plan of Jewish worshipers to enter the Temple Mount.The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. The Palestinians terrorist organizations continued improving their rocket capabilities. Preparations continued for the meeting of the leadership of the Palestinian organizations expected in Cairo at the end of July 2023. Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Turkey for an official visit, heading a delegation of senior PA officials, for meetings with the Turkish and other government officials.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 12-18, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out two shooting attacks injuring a civilian and his two daughters. A Palestinian who infiltrated the settlement of Asaël (south of Hebron) was apprehended by the settlement's security personnel.The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet. The regional heat wave led to an increase in the consumption of electricity, forcing the Hamas-controlled electric company to limit the amount of service it could provide. Isma'il Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, visited Istanbul. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas paid a short visit to Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp, his first visit since 2012. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh again blamed American President Biden and the United States administration for taking a neutral stand in the face of Israel's activities and not promoting a solution for the Palestinian issue.
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