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  • A new nuclear deal with Iran threatens Israel

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Jun 23, 2023

    (JNS) — While the United States and Iran have denied ongoing negotiations for a temporary nuclear agreement, Jerusalem isn’t buying it. It is believed that two Arab countries, including Oman, are mediating between Washington and Tehran. Israel is deeply concerned about the potential outcome of these negotiations, even if they take a long time to materialize. According to senior officials in Jerusalem, National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer expressed their concerns following their recent meeting wit...

  • Terrorism is spreading throughout Judea and Samaria

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Jun 16, 2023

    (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS) — The Israeli security establishment has begun intensive discussions on the possibility of conducting a widespread military operation in Judea and Samaria against Palestinian terror groups following the shooting attack on May 30, 2023 in which a 32-year-old civilian, Meir Tamari, was murdered near the community of Hermesh. The attack was carried out by the “Rapid Reaction” unit of the “Tulkarm Battalion,” a joint terrorist body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmo...

  • Will Abbas and PA leaders face ICC prosecution for murder?

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Jan 6, 2023

    (JCPA via JNS) — Palestinian human rights activist Nizar Banat was brutally murdered in Hebron by Palestinian Authority security personnel on June 24, 2021, because of his criticism of P.A. corruption. The family’s lawyer, Hakan Kamoz, recently appealed to Karim Khan, the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, demanding an investigation into the circumstances of Banat’s murder. The unusual move of the Banat family against the P.A. reflects their anger and frustration; the 14 defendants in the case were released fro...

  • Palestinian terrorism is getting stronger in Samaria

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Nov 25, 2022

    (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS) — The IDF and the Israel Security Agency have inflicted heavy blows on the Lions’ Den terror group in Nablus but are unable to stop the phenomenon. The group continues to operate and announced that it was involved in a new shooting attack on IDF forces protecting a group of Knesset members during a visit to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. There is also a terrorist group called the Nablus Battalion and another called the Balata Battalion that was recently established in the Balata refugee camp in the city....

  • The shadow war between Israel and Hamas rages on

    Yoni Ben Menachem|May 31, 2019

    (JCPA)—The shadow battle between Hamas and the Israeli intelligence services continues at full throttle, despite the discovery several months ago of an Israeli special forces unit operating in the Khan Yunis area that Hamas claimed was involved in special intelligence activity. Fatah elements in the Gaza Strip say that following the recent round of hostilities Hamas is very worried that precise intelligence in the hands of the Israel Defense Forces led to strikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets. They claim that this intelligence was p... Full story

  • Jordanian-Palestinian collaboration against the 'deal'

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Mar 1, 2019

    (The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)—According to senior figures in the Fatah movement, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan have begun cooperation in anticipation of the announcement of the new U.S. peace plan known as the “deal of the century.” This new collaboration is based on understandings reached between Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in August 2017 after the crisis of the metal detectors that were set up at the gates to the Temple Mount. King Abdullah, for his part, made a special... Full story

  • Jordan doesn't want a confederation

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Sep 21, 2018

    By Yoni Ben Menachem (The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)—The statement from the Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat about Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s comments on a new U.S. proposal for a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation was short and to the point: ”The matter is not an option. Jordan supports a two-state solution and an independent Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.” According to senior Fatah officials, Abbas shared the proposal, which came from U.S. President Donald Trump, with a group o... Full story

  • Rajoub vs. Dahlan to replace Mahmoud Abbas

    Yoni Ben Menachem|Mar 9, 2018

    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS The battle for the succession of Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian Authority is heating up. This was apparent from Fatah Secretary-General Jibril Rajoub's recent attack on Egypt, which supports the candidacy of Palestinian politician Muhammad Dahlan for the position of next PA chairman. The Israeli security forces are concerned about a possible bloodbath in the West Bank as soon as Mahmoud Abbas leaves office. The "bombshell" that Jibril Rajoub, secreta... Full story