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After Abbas cancels elections, relations between Fatah and Hamas set to deteriorate
May 6, 2021
Hamas’s aspiration following its forceful 2007 takeover of Gaza is to seize the institutions of the P.A. and the PLO in the West Bank, “thereby achieving total hegemony on the Palestinian arena,” said Professor Boaz Ganor of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at Herzliya.
Hamas attempts to set territories on fire, encouraging new wave of attacks
May 4, 2021
A drive-by shooting in the West Bank was likely unorganized, though the terror group that runs Gaza is seeking to leverage recent tensions to pressure both the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Dubai conference highlights online security, cooperation with Israel on cyber defense
April 29, 2021
“We believe the key is joint development and production, and the transfer of knowledge,” said Esti Peshin, general manager of the Cyber Division at Israel Aerospace Industries.
After days of rockets on southern Israel, Hamas gets an ultimatum
April 26, 2021
As part of its power struggle with Fatah, Hamas is allowing smaller Gazan terror factions to fire rockets at Israel, though Jerusalem has warned that any escalation will result in firmer retaliation.
Natanz blast ‘likely took 5,000 centrifuges offline’
April 23, 2021
Researchers say April 11 blast set back Iran’s nuclear breakout time by two months • Tehran announcement regarding 60 percent enrichment will not “materially alter” ability to sprint to nuclear weapon for now, they add.
What really happened in the skies near Israel’s nuclear reactor?
April 22, 2021
Former intelligence officer Tal Beeri tells JNS “an alternative and unfounded narrative of a warning strike” on Dimona’s nuclear research center is playing out in media channels affiliated with Iran.
Israeli-built air-force training center in Greece is taking off
April 21, 2021
In a $1.6 billion agreement, Elbit Systems will establish and operate the international center for the Hellenic Air Force for 22 years, incorporating combat scenarios just like IAF.
How China and Russia are using ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to enhance influence in the Middle East
April 19, 2021
An Israeli expert says Beijing’s maneuvering especially has put Israel “in a complex spot.”
Palestinian elections could jeopardize Fatah’s rule in the West Bank
April 14, 2021
The threat to Fatah’s rule posed by elections is also clear to senior Fatah and Palestinian Authority members, says Michael Milshtein, head of the Palestinian Studies Forum at Tel Aviv University, and if they go to elections in this form, there’s a high chance that Fatah will crash.
Yom Hazikaron 2021
A bereaved Israeli mother shares her son’s legacy of optimism
April 13, 2021
On Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, Diana Lulkin describes her son, Daniel, who fell while protecting Israel in Gaza during “Operation Protective Edge.”
Israeli strategic observers: ‘It appears as if a lot of Iranian work in Natanz went down the drain’
April 12, 2021
Nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran seem to be triggering recent events involving reported strikes on Iranian targets; according to one assessment, the regime is being exposed as unable to defend its critical assets but will try to retaliate when it can.
Reported attack on Iranian ship is a ‘moderate escalation’
April 8, 2021
Iran believed that its attempt to deny the military role of the “Saviz” would protect it from attack, but the deniability ended up making it easier for those who struck it, says a former defense official.
The ICC’s attempt to place Israel on par with terror armies
Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
April 8, 2021
The court’s decision to investigate Israeli settlement activities is of “major concern,” warns top former IDF legal official.
Yom Hashoah 2021
From the Holocaust to the IDF: Grandfather and grandson share a story of survival and continuity
April 7, 2021
Chaim Luviner escaped Nazi atrocities as a child, eventually arriving in Israel, where he served in the IDF’s Armored Corps. Decades later, his grandson, Lt. Ran Shaked, is a team commander in the elite reconnaissance unit of the 401st Armored Brigade.
Strained US-Saudi ties will likely bring Gulf kingdom closer to Israel
April 5, 2021
Meanwhile, the Iranian-backed Houthis have significantly escalated missile and drone attack on Saudi targets, as Houthi leadership also threatens to target the Jewish state.