Palestinian Terror Groups Challenge PA Forces

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Yoni Ben Menachem - The current wave of Palestinian terrorism is led by armed terrorist groups supported by Islamic Jihad and Hamas, as well as by Iran. Some have begun to operate in the field independently. During 2022, the PA lost its security control over the Nablus and Jenin areas in the northern West Bank. The PA seeks to avoid a frontal military confrontation with the armed groups as long as they do not pose a direct threat to the PA leadership in Ramallah. Israeli security officials say the PA has enough military power to dismantle the terrorist groups, but presents itself as "weak" in order to avoid a direct confrontation with them. Israel must clarify to the PA that it is obligated, according to the Oslo agreements, to dismantle the terrorist groups in the northern West Bank by all means, including the use of force.

2023-01-05 00:00:00

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