Weekend long read

1) At the INSS, Orit Perlov and Udi Dekel analyse ‘Chaos in the Palestinian Authority’.

“Dozens and even hundreds of armed Palestinians participate in the shooting attacks in Palestinian villages and cities, including security personnel serving in the Palestinian security apparatuses and Fatah operatives. Moreover, the organization itself backs the incidents and sponsors the perpetrators. This is a new trend, marked by the enlistment of the younger generation, which is undergoing a process of radicalization and joining terrorist groups in the framework of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. (The number of those killed who were affiliated with the al-Aqsa Brigades is the highest compared with other organizations.) The implication of this trend is the expansion of the circles of resistance beyond Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”

2) WINEP provides analysis of potential implications arising from production in the Karish offshore gas field.

“Before the end of the month, Israel is scheduled to begin production at the Karish natural gas field off its northern coast. The government’s announcement has prompted threats from Lebanese Hezbollah, ambiguous comments from certain Israeli officials, and suggestions of a possible U.S.-orchestrated diplomatic breakthrough. Karish is much smaller than Israel’s current producing fields, Leviathan and Tamar, but it has generated much more attention of late because it lies close to the disputed dividing line between Lebanon and Israel’s exclusive economic zones (EEZs)—a festering disagreement that Beirut recently exacerbated by claiming an additional maritime area south of its previous declaration. Karish North, a separate field due to come into production next year, lies within this extra claim.”

3) The ITIC has documented “Palestinian Reactions to the Prevention of a Terrorist Attack at the Jalameh Crossing”. That fatal attack was not reported by the BBC.

“The two terrorists were cousins from Kafr Dan, northwest of Jenin. One, Ahmed ‘Abed, was an operative in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) military intelligence and a graduate of its military academy in Jericho. The other was Abd al-Rahman ‘Abed. Ahmed ‘Abed had formerly expressed support for Palestinian terrorists who carried out attacks against Israelis. In Jenin, Fatah declared a full commercial strike in mourning for their deaths and the alAqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military-terrorist wing, issued a mourning notice stating that the two terrorists belonged to its ranks. Armed masked operatives distributed candy and cakes in the streets of Jenin to celebrate the killing of the IDF officer.”

4) Khaled Abu Toameh discusses Hamas’ decision to renew relations with Syria.

“A report published on September 18 revealed that 638 Palestinians have been tortured to death by Syrian intelligence officers in the past few years. The victims include 37 women, according to the report by the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS), a human rights watchdog that monitors the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria. […]

The publication of these disturbing figures coincided with the announcement by Hamas, the Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group, that it has decided to renew its relations with Syria. Some Palestinians have welcomed the Hamas move, while others condemned it a betrayal of Palestinians and other Arabs.”

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