A jungle of terror 

The terrorist organizations began practical preparations to incite the Palestinian street against Israel during the month of Ramadan, the trigger being the security prisoners and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The IDF and the Shin Bet have a great advantage over the armed terrorist groups in the West Bank who are waging a losing battle of attrition that will end in an Israeli victory.



Palestinian terrorism continued also yesterday on the day of the security meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, a Palestinian terrorist again attacked with gunfire an Israeli family in the town of Hawara in the Nablus region, an attack similar to the one that happened 3 weeks ago in the same place on the day of the security meeting in Aqaba.


But, the Israeli citizen David Stern who was hit by the terrorist’s shots showed great resourcefulness, pulled out his gun and managed to hit the terrorist who shot him. 

The Palestinian terrorist organizations are preparing for the beginning of the month of Ramadan this week to increase terrorism against Israel. 

The security prisoners in the prisons in Israel announced that they will go on a hunger strike with the beginning of Ramadan that will include about five thousand prisoners in protest of their prison conditions, the goal is to incite the Palestinian street and encourage it to launch a new intifada against Israel, at the same time the Hamas organization renewed its campaign of incitement with the false narrative that a mosque Al-Aqsa is in danger during the Passover holiday that will take place close to Ramadan. 

The issue of the prisoners and the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are two very sensitive issues in Palestinian society that Hamas tries to use as a trigger to heat up the atmosphere in the Palestinian street.


In the field itself there is security chaos, Hamas tries to keep the Gaza Strip out of the game and encourages terrorism in Judea and Samaria and within the State of Israel itself, Hamas will probably adopt a policy of firing rockets at Israel from time to time in order to maintain the equation that all the fronts against Israel are united, but the wave of terrorism is supposed will be led by  individual terrorists, the armed groups in northern Samaria and squads  of sleepers of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. 

The Palestinian Authority has lost its security control in northern Samaria and the Chairman of the PA  only curbs Hamas activity when it endangers his rule, even after the security meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh he has no intention of fighting against the armed groups and disarming them. 

The IDF and the Shin Bet have a list of dozens of armed terrorists who plan to carry out attacks, Israel will have to thwart these attacks and enter the centers of Palestinian cities to prevent them, because the Palestinian Authority does not thwart terrorism. 

The IDF will take the initiative and continue countering terrorism. 

The level of preparedness of the IDF and IDF fighters is much higher than that of the Palestinian terrorist groups, the IDF has a sophisticated intelligence system based on the Shin Bet and the military  intelligence    and extensive training experience in combating terrorism, this is the reason for its success in defeating Palestinian terrorism. 

The armed terrorist groups do not have a single leadership that provides them with intelligence and protection against Israel, they are disconnected from the Palestinian Authority and rely only on operatives in the field, even though some of them are supported by the Islamic Jihad organization, the “Lions’ Den” group is financially supported by Hamas. 

This is one of the main reasons for the high number of casualties among the Palestinians, since the beginning of the year 89 Palestinians have been killed by IDF fire, most of them armed terrorists.


The Palestinian armed terrorist groups have no clear strategy, they have so far failed in their attempt to drag the entire Palestinian society into a third intifada against Israel, their goal of destroying the State of Israel is not realistic and their military power does not allow them to achieve this goal. 

Senior officials in Fatah confirm that the armed groups are waging a losing battle against the IDF and that they are actually just letting off steam because of the great frustration they feel with the situation. 

The war of attrition of the armed groups will end in defeat of  the terrorists to the IDF, it is only a matter of time, the IDF has used only a small part of its military power in the meantime. 

The Palestinians must recognize the truth, they do not have the power to force by force of arms on Israel an agreement to establish a Palestinian state along the 67 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, this is an illusion that will not come true, the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip has taught Israel that any territory from which it withdraws immediately becomes a terrorist base against it. 

Instead of establishing in the Gaza Strip an entity similar to Singapore economically, the Palestinians turned it into a terrorist entity that manufactures rockets and drones based on Iranian technology and digs terrorist tunnels that penetrate Israeli territory. 

Meanwhile, Hamas maintains relative peace on the border of the Gaza Strip, but operates terror squads from Judea and Samaria to carry out attacks against Israel. 

He tries to justify its existence as a resistance organization and tries to continue to embarrass the PA as if it is the executive contractor of the Israeli security establishment. 

Even the terrorism of the individual terrorists will not bring the Palestinians any achievement, the terrorists who carry out the attacks only get a few minutes of fame and glory and then the Palestinians sink again in a sea of frustration and despair. 

Israel is like a villa in the jungle surrounded by beasts of prey but it is determined to survive, it does not want to be part of the jungle but it desires life and it will not submit to the cruel Palestinian terrorism. 


Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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