Ynet reports that the Israel Security Agency told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Palestinian violence in the wake of President Trump’s recognition of Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital is declining from week to week.
While Hamas in Gaza has detained members of Salafist splinter groups identifying with al-Qaeda and ISIS in order to stop them from firing rockets at Israel, Hamas in the West Bank is eager to carry out mega-terror attacks against Israel. There is an unprecedented effort underway by Hamas to instigate attacks in or from the West Bank. Israeli intelligence reports that Hamas commander Salah Arouri has conveyed instructions to launch attacks, including suicide bombings in shopping malls, buses, and other crowded venues.
A senior intelligence source said, “The fact that buses are not blowing up every day is not a result of a lack of desire, effort, orders or investment of Hamas’ resources. It is, rather, the result of interdiction…. The heads of the Hamas HQs in Gaza and abroad, what they are trying to do from the moment they wake up in the morning and until they go to sleep at night is to instigate terror in its worst possible form.”