Bill and Joe discuss stats released this week by the IDF pertaining to its operations in Gaza and why escalation at Israel’s northern border with Lebanon is “just a matter of time.”
The Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi HaLevi discussed the likelihood for escalation in northern Israel amid continued Hezbollah attacks. As Israel’s 36th division is ending its deployment in Gaza, two airstrikes targeted terrorist cells in the West Bank.
Salih al-Aruri is the first major Hamas political or military leader killed since Hamas and its terrorist allies launched the Oct. 7 rampage on southern Israel.
Hamas has yet to employ a game changing weapon in this current conflict and that is conflict at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
A terror attack in Jerusalem left three dead and a dozen wounded on November 30. A second attack in the West Bank wounded Israeli soldiers. A UAV was intercepted from Lebanon. Israel awaited another group of hostages and bodies returned from Gaza as the ceasefire was extended for a day. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Israel and met with officials.
Israel and Hamas extended a pause in fighting in Gaza for several more days as Hamas continues to obfuscate about the groups holding hostages in Gaza. Israel’s Chief of Staff travelled to the northern border with Lebanon to meet with IDF troops. The IDF demolished the home of a terrorist in the West Bank.
Despite the largest Israeli military operation in the West Bank since the Second Intifada, the state of the West Bank remains in question.
A surge in West Bank violence is more than two years old and there are no signs that it will cease anytime soon.
To unpack and assess the latest terror threats faced by Israel, Bill had to call in the experts: Dr. Jonathan Schanzer and Joe Truzman.
If you’d like to dig deeper on the topics discussed in this episode, we recommend you check out Joe’s project on mapping terrorism in the West Bank and Jon’s book “Gaza Conflict 2021: Hamas, Israel and Eleven Days of War” which according to LTG (Ret.) H.R. McMaster: “If you want to understand the hell in a very small place that is Gaza, read this book.”
The Israeli military suspects Hezbollah is behind a bombing in northern Israel that injured an Israeli driver.
Hamas and other aligned Palestinian militant organizations have taken advantage of social media to spread propaganda to supporters.
Israel’s security agency revealed on Wednesday that it thwarted another operation by Hamas in Gaza to recruit Palestinians living in the West Bank.
After a brief lull in violence during the month of November, West Bank militant groups have increasingly carried out attacks against IDF troops and Israeli settlements in recent weeks.
In recent days, Israeli operations have targeted key members of the nascent Nablus-based Lions’ Den organization.
Two Gaza-based militant organizations have claimed responsibility for attacks in the West Bank over the past several weeks.
Evidence continues to grow that Hamas is directing attacks in the West Bank against both the IDF troops and Israeli citizens.
FDD’s Long War Journal confirmed with a senior Israeli military official that Hezbollah is transferring weapons to the West Bank.
Israel’s Shin Bet arrested several Hamas operatives in the West Bank this month in connection to planned shooting and bombing attacks against Israelis.
A nascent militant organization has been established in the West Bank and has claimed several attacks against IDF troops.
Attacks launched by the Palestinian Authority’s Security Services against IDF troops has increased since the uptick in violence in the West Bank began last year.
A Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank behind the surge in militant activity was arrested in an Israeli security forces’ operation Monday night in Jenin.
After a short lull, militants clashed with IDF troops operating in Nablus Sunday morning resulting in the deaths of two al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad announced the formation of a new unit in Tubas after clashes against IDF troops on Sunday.
A rising trend in Palestinian militant activity in the West Bank has been ongoing since last year. Nascent organizations have been established as a method to counter IDF troops operating in the West Bank.
An Al-Jazeera journalist and a YAMAM counter-terrorism officer are the latest victims in clashes between Palestinian militant groups and Israeli security forces in the West Bank.
Palestinian militant factions in the West Bank have responded aggressively to IDF raids and have exploited recent terror wave in Israel.
West Bank militant groups have reorganized and established the Hizam al-Nar Joint Operations Room to disrupt IDF military activity.
Suicide bombers from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades make an appearance at a ceremony in the West Bank Friday night.
The May conflict in Gaza and the recent escape of militants from an Israeli prison have spurred militant groups to become more active in the West Bank.
Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian militant groups published statements denouncing the normalization of ties between Morocco and Israel.