In Judea and Samaria, the Post-Abbas Era Has Already Begun

(JNS) Yaakov Lappin - On Tuesday, Israeli security forces conducted a counter-terror raid in the Jenin refugee camp, the epicenter of terrorism in Judea and Samaria. Israeli forces were engaged by Palestinian gunmen and returned fire, also deploying a Spike Firefly loitering munition. Palestinians detonated an explosive device under an IDF vehicle, and targeted rescue vehicles sent to assist it. Four Palestinian terrorists were killed in the raid. The Israeli operation came after an attempt by the PA to regain a degree of control in Jenin following a large IDF operation there in July. Already, sub-factions within the PA are behaving like the post-Abbas era has arrived, with some acting independently to build support among armed militias. Israel's response has been to create a capability to disrupt terrorism irrespective of the PA's political and internal security dynamics. Those preparations also take into account Iran's growing role in Judea and Samaria, which finds expression through terrorist financing and the smuggling of weapons. Israel is taking preemptive action to prevent a third intifada, identifying and disrupting threats as they materialize.

2023-09-21 00:00:00

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