Hamas’ Increasing Threat in Judea and Samaria: A Call for Vigilance

The recent surge in terrorist attacks orchestrated by Hamas in the Jerusalem area highlights the group's alarming intention to instigate turmoil in Judea and Samaria, aiming to undermine the IDF's successes in the Gaza conflict. Hamas has explicitly called on its operatives to launch attacks on settlements in the region, drawing inspiration from its October 7 massacre of Gaza Strip residents.

Two notable attacks at the tunnel checkpoint on the way to Jerusalem and the entrance road to the Ramot neighborhood during the ongoing Gaza conflict underscore the group’s concerted efforts to ignite chaos in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria simultaneously.

The Shin Bet’s success in eliminating 20 senior Hamas military wing operatives from the West Bank, previously deported to Gaza in the Shalit deal, disrupted the so-called “West Bank headquarters.”

However, this has led to an increased focus on Saleh al-Arouri, the head of Hamas’ military wing in Judea and Samaria, operating from Beirut’s al-Dahiya neighborhood.

Coordinating with Hassan Nasrallah, al-Arouri is intensifying the activation of sleeper cells for attacks within Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Hamas is escalating efforts to carry out terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, leveraging a sophisticated propaganda and incitement system alongside psychological warfare.

While the IDF and Shin Bet have generally been successful in thwarting these attempts, the threat remains potent.

Despite claims that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is assisting in counterterrorism efforts in Judea and Samaria, the IDF remains the primary force countering terrorism in northern Samaria, where the PA lost security control two years ago.

Future Threats and IDF Preparedness

As the war in Gaza progresses and Israel tightens its grip on Hamas leadership, the IDF and Shin Bet must anticipate unconventional terrorist activities in Judea and Samaria.

The potential for attacks on settlements or attempts to seize small outposts, leading to massacres, cannot be dismissed.

Vigilance among settlers and preparedness by the IDF are imperative for the defense of existing settlements.

In conclusion, the evolving situation demands heightened attention and strategic responses to counter the escalating threat posed by Hamas in Judea and Samaria.

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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