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In response to rocket fire, the IAF struck a number of terror sites in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli Arab who received training from the Al Nusrah Front in Syria was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Foreign Minister Lieberman said he is optimistic about peace talks with the Palestinians.
The Israeli Air Force targeted a Gaza-based terror operative with links to the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu denounced Iranian claims that they will soon send warships toward the US.
Four Palestinians were indicted of charges of planning a terror attack against Israelis at a wedding hall in Jerusalem. The terror cell had already conducted surveillance of the site and was looking into purchasing weapons. Three Palestinians were sentenced for acting as Hamas operatives in the Jerusalem area.
The head of the Shin Bet said failed peace talks with the Palestinians will not necessarily result in another intifada, and warned that Egyptian military efforts to deal with the Sinai terror threat have not eradicated it. President Peres said Israel appreciates Secretary of State Kerry's Middle East peace efforts. A Palestinian was indicated over charges related to being a suspected al Qaeda operative.
Ansar Jerusalem claimed responsibility for a recent rocket attack on Eilat. The IDF said there was a dramatic increase in terror from the Gaza Strip in January. An Israeli cabinet minister said that if rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continues, Israel may invade and topple Hamas' government.
Two suspected al Qaeda operatives who sought to conduct bombings in Israel were indicted. Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian who had opened fire on Israeli authorities and civilians. Defense Minister Ya'alon said Hezbollah now possesses 100,000 rockets and missiles. The head of IDF intelligence said there are now at least 30,000 jihadists in Syria and that cyberwarfare may be more revolutionary than gunpowder or air power.
Some Israeli Defense Ministry computers were recently targeted in an apparent cyberattack. An IDF vehicle traveling along the Gaza border was targeted by an IED. The Shin Bet released its annual for 2013, which found a sharp rise in the number of terror attacks in the West Bank. According to the report, only 74 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza toward Israel in 2013. The Shin Bet also noted that many of the Palestinian terrorists deported in the exchange for Gilad Shalit in 2011 have returned to terror-related activities.
A senior Israeli official said there are currently 30,000 al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria. The official also said there are approximately 1,200 al Qaeda-linked fighters in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian man in Gaza was killed during a cross-border confrontation with Israeli forces.