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A new report from the Shin Bet revealed that Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem increased significantly in February. Prime Minister Netanyahu is mulling a series of goodwill gestures towards the Palestinian Authority prior to President Obama's visit this month.
Israel's attempt to reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing, closed last week after rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, was prevented by Hamas. A Hamas terror cell, led by a terrorist released in the Shalit exchange, was exposed by Israeli authorities. Prime Minister Netanyahu said he will discuss the release of Jonathan Pollard with President Obama.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Iran is using talks with world powers only to stall for time in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Israel plans to reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing, which it closed following last week's rocket attack from Gaza. Senior Israeli official Moshe Yaalon reiterated that Israel is closely watching the situation in Syria.
A series of Syrian mortar shells landed in the Golan Heights. Prime Minister Netanyahu was given 14 more days to form a coalition government. Defense Minister Barak is preparing to visit the US, where he will meet with Defense Secretary Hagel and speak before AIPAC.
Prime Minister Netanyahu requested additional time to form his coalition government. President Peres prepared to lobby European governments to designate Hezbollah as a terror organization. IDF Chief Gantz played down the prospect of a third Intifada arising in the near future. Regarding Syria, Gantz warned that when Israel sees "things that can alter the security balance we try to act accordingly."
In light of recent Palestinian protests, the IDF held a special training session on riot dispersal. The IDF Home Front Command conducted new defensive tests near Eilat focusing on rocket attacks. A preliminary autopsy revealed that a Palestinian prisoner who recently died in an Israeli prison was not tortured or poisoned.
Israeli authorities discovered an unexploded Syrian tank shell in the Golan Heights. Six Syrians who were being treated in Israeli hospitals for wounds sustained in the Syrian civil war were returned to Syria. According to a senior IDF officer, recent "newspaper headlines are more dramatic than the reality" with regard to the potential for a third Intifada.
Israel sent Turkey messages recently in which officials expressed a desire to create a "positive dynamic" between the two states. Israel's Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency successfully tested the Arrow 3 interceptor missile.
Israel called on the Palestinian Authority to curb ongoing protests and said it was prepared to transfer $100 million in tax revenues. A Palestinian official suggested that it is too late and said the third Intifada is already here.
Israeli officials said they are closely watching the weapons being obtained by Syrian rebels. "The fear is that the same gun used to shoot a Syrian soldier will one day be used to shoot an Israeli soldier," one official said. In the past four months, Palestinian terror groups have attempted 18 kidnapping plots against Israelis. Hamas is said to be behind a majority of the plots.