The Lebanese army claimed it repelled an IDF attempt to cross the border during engineering work in the area. Hezbollah issued clarification regarding a Lebanese civilian who was detained on suspicion of collaborating with the Mossad. Hezbollah expressed support for the Palestinians in the wake of the IDF activity in the Jenin refugee camp and praised the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. The crisis of governance in Lebanon continues, and all efforts to elect a president have failed so far. Lebanese security forces operating in the northern part of the country detained a squad of ISIS operatives planning a series of terrorist attacks in Lebanon. A convoy of trucks was attacked after crossing the border from Iraq to Syria. Seven people were killed; the trucks were apparently carrying weapons from Iran.
This week, the relatively low level of ISIS activity around the world continued. The Somali government’s activity against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab continues to bear fruit. The editorial of ISIS’s Al-Naba weekly emphasizes the commitment of ISIS’s operatives to continue jihad until the conquest of Mecca, Rome and Jerusalem. An infographic published in the weekly makes threats against the Jews and Christians. ISIS calls for attacking Christians following the provocative burning of a Quran by a Danish-Swedish politician.
This past week there was a sharp rise in the number of terrorist attacks and casualties, as well as in the number of rocks, Molotov cocktails and bottles of paint thrown at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads in Judea and Samaria. Six terrorist attacks were carried out, killing seven civilians and wounding five. Ten Palestinians were killed in Israeli security force counterterrorism activities in the Jenin refugee camp. Most of them were Palestinian terrorist operatives. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip fired five rockets at Israel to avenge the Israeli activity in Jenin.
ISIS’s activity around the world continued to be moderate this week. The main event was in Somalia Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab attacked a Somali army. According to the Somali government, over 100 Al-Shabaab operatives were killed as well as six Somali soldiers. The Syrian security forces killed a senior ISIS operative and two of his escorts. A joint US army and SDF force captured a senior ISIS official in eastern Syria.In The Democratic Republic of the Congo – ISIS operatives carried out a shooting attack in a pub in the Beni area, about 50 km west of the border with Uganda. A total of 24 people were killed.
On Friday night, January 27, 2023, a Palestinian terrorist carried out a shooting attack in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, killing seven civilians and wounding three. On the morning of January 28, 2023, a Palestinian boy carried out a shooting attack in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem, wounding a father and son. Israeli security sources assume both attack were inspired by recent events in Jenin. So far the PA has not condemned either attack. On January 28, 2023, Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership, after which an announcement was issued placing responsibility for the attacks on Israel’s “escalation.
On the morning of January 26, 2023 Israeli security forces entered the Jenin refugee camp to detain wanted PIJ terrorist operatives who had been involved in shooting at Israeli soldiers and who planned to carry out a showcase terrorist attack in the near future. During the activity the forces were attacked by massive gunfire, and returned fire. Nine Palestinians were killed, three of them PIJ terrorist operatives; a fourth died two days later. The events received extensive Palestinian and global media coverage. Most of the coverage referred to the Israeli activity as a “slaughter.” On January 27, 2023, the PIJ fired five rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip. No casualties or damage were reported. The number of Palestinian casualties was unusually high caused by the level of the threat against the forces on the ground and not the result of a change in IDF policy.
In 2022 there was a substantial rise in the number of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel. Eighty-six significant attackswere carried out, up from 54 in 202116 of the attacks were carried out inside Israeli territory (one in 2021). Thirty Israelis were killed (24 civilians and six members of the security forces). One Border Police fighter was killed in an operational activity in Samaria. In 2021 three civilians were killed. There were 46 shooting attacks 54% of the total number. One round of fighting was conducted in the Gaza Stripin August 2022.
At the beginning of January 2023 the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades issued a book called The Bus Is Burning, apparently written by Hassan Salamehwho is currently serving 46 consecutive life sentences in Israeli prisons. At the end of December 2022 a book about Bassem al-Sa’adi was published. Al-Sa’adi is a high-ranking Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operative who was detained in Jenin in August 2022, whose detention led to Operation Breaking Dawn. The books were apparently published as part of inculcating the Palestinian public with the shaheed culture
The Al-Aza’im propaganda arm, which is affiliated with ISIS’s Khorasan devoted the main article of the Voice of Khurasan magazine to an extensive reference to the new government in Israel. The article does not contain a specific threat to the State of Israel but presents ISIS’s position towards the Jews in general and the Palestinian issue in particular.So far, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has hardly been mentioned in the various editions of the magazine,
The birth of the Hezbollah movement did not happen following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the summer of 1982, as many tend to think.
The decision to establish the movement was made in Iran in 1979 by the Revolutionary Leadership Council headed by Imam Khomeini with the aim of exporting the Islamic revolution to the Arab region.
The establishment process was led by the Iranian ambassador in Damascus beginning in the summer of 1981 and Israel’s invasion of Lebanon was a catalyst for Hezbollah’s development.
The members of the movement are loyal to Iran and receive military and economic support from Iran through the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards.
Boko Haram,, is an extremist Islamic organiשzation that began to operate in the late 1990s and 2000s in Nigeria. In 2016, about a year after pledging allegiance to ISIS, the organization split into two factions, JAS and ISWAP. The split was a starting point for a long series of conflicts between the two factions, which continue even today and have resulted in a large number of fatalities on both sides.
Israel’s Political and Security Cabinet decided on a series of steps to counter the PA’s proposal to request an advisory legal opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the “Israel’s ongoing violations of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” and to examine how Israel’s “continuing occupation” in Judea and Samaria influenced the legal status of the occupied territory and possible consequences of the “occupation” on international relations towards Israel. The Cabinet’s decision led to strong Palestinian protests and condemnations.
On December 13, 2022, Dr. Khalil Shqaqi’s Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) issued its public opinion-poll report for the last quarter of the year. According to the results, the Palestinian public’s support for an “armed struggle” against increased in comparison to the third quarter, especially in Judea and Samaria.. A number of possible reasons were given for the results, among them the formation of the new government in Israel, the escalating military clashes, and number of Palestinian casualties in clashes with Israeli security forces.