Weekend long read

1) Globes carries an interview with Dr. Michael Barak of the ICT on the topic why Jenin has become fertile ground for terror.

“Since the start of 2023, Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaderships have injected millions of shekels to encourage the continued intensification of terrorism in the Jenin region. […]

Although the activity of these two terrorist organizations is international, how have they managed to provide millions of shekels in six months to their operatives in Jenin? The answer begins in Syria and Lebanon. Both Hezbollah and the Assad regime rely on revenue from the export of the psychostimulant drug Captagon.”

2) The ITIC reports on a Hamas lawfare campaign.

“Al-Jazeera TV reported Israel was being sued in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for a giant suit of $250 billion by a group of European lawyers. They represent eight members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in the Gaza Strip who initiated the suit for damages resulting from the alleged “crimes” Israel committed against the residents of Gaza beginning in 2007, especially the damages caused by the “siege” they claim is imposed by Israel. The amount of the claim is based on a document issued by the UN several years ago claiming the damages to the Gaza Strip between 2008 and 2018 totalled $16.7 billion.”

3) At the Alma Center, Boaz Shapira analyses the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s narrative.

“It is important to note that this Iranian support is not just political and financial. It includes also weapons smuggling, tactical training, guidance, knowledge on the manufacturing of rockets, munitions, and other fields.
Nahala stated that this support was a key factor in the Palestinian terror organizations’ significant advancement in their operational capabilities.
Similar efforts were also made in the West Bank recently, in the fields of weapon smuggling and transfer of knowledge, to increase tension.
The IDF’s operation in the Jenin refugee camp currently is partially an outcome of Iranian influence and involvement in the activity of different organizations in these areas.”

4) At WINEP, Ehud Yaari discusses ‘The Danger of Violent Escalation in the West Bank’.

“The deteriorating security situation reflects a change in modus operandi by Hamas and other groups. They have largely (though not completely) abandoned their previous approach in the West Bank, which focused on establishing disciplined underground networks with chains of command and communication channels in order to set specific targets and timing for action. Apparently, they concluded that Israeli authorities found it easier to penetrate and dismantle such networks. Instead of trying to control operations from Gaza and Beirut—the main headquarters of the Hamas “West Bank Committees”—the policy now is to flood the area with weapons and funds, enabling local (not necessarily affiliated) groups to arm themselves and select targets.

Replacing hierarchical terrorist structures with this more chaotic landscape makes Israel’s counterterrorism efforts much more complicated. Weapons are now reaching the West Bank via Jordan from as far away as Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Libya.”

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  1. says: Grimey

    The more that terrorism emanates from the Jenin area, the more that Israel would never agree to any 2SS (Two State solution). Simples – but the PA never did want a 2SS anyway.

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