Terrorism Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 26 – February 1, 2022)

Published: 02/02/2022

  • On the night of January 29, 2022, shots were fired at an IDF vehicle. No casualties were reported. During the week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israel vehicles on the roads in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli security forces carried out counterterrorism activities, seizing weapons.
  • The Gaza Strip has been relatively quiet. On January 26, 2022, IDF forces detained two Gazans attempting to cross the barrier in the southern Gaza Strip and enter Israeli territory. On January 29, 2022, a senior terrorist operative, formerly of Hamas’ military wing, escaped from a jail in the Gaza Strip. He was arrested two years ago on suspicion of collaborating with Israel and providing information about Hamas’ terrorist tunnels in the northern Gaza Strip. A reward was offered for anyone who could provide information leading to his capture.
  • Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) condemned Israeli President Herzog’s visit to the UAE. Hamas claimed such visits encouraged Israel to continue its [alleged] “crimes.”
  • On January 31, 2022, Mahmoud Abbas spoke on the phone with Antony Blinken, the American secretary of state. According to Palestinian sources, Blinken, speaking for President Biden, said the United States was committed to the two-state solution and stressed the importance of creating a political horizon. Blinken also said the American administration was aware of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) political and financial difficulties, and reiterated the administration’s promise to reopen the American consulate in east Jerusalem. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh is supposed to attend the African Unity summit meeting in Addis Ababa. He will go representing Mahmoud Abbas. Objections to giving Israel observer status in the organization will be discussed.
  • The PLO’s Revolutionary Council conference, planned for February 22, 2022, may not be held. A vote is expected to be held to promote Hussein al-Sheikh to a more important position, leading to a controversy reflecting the Palestinian schism. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) announced they would not participate, and Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) (which are not Council members) called for the cancellation of the conference, claiming that holding it without the agreement of all the organizations and without the participation of Hamas and the PIJ would be illegal [sic].
  • The Palestinians welcomed the Amnesty report claiming Israel operated an apartheid system against the Palestinians. They called on other organizations to expose the measures Israel takes against the Palestinians.
  • In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip there was a sharp increase in the number of active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The public was called on to get vaccinated and comply with public health guidelines. One million doses of the vaccine manufactured in Russia and donated by the UAE were delivered to the Gaza Strip.

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