May 21, 2024 | Flash Brief

Israel Strikes at Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terrorists in Jenin

May 21, 2024 | Flash Brief

Israel Strikes at Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terrorists in Jenin

Latest Developments​

Israeli commandos exchanged fire with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists during a counterterrorism sweep in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 21. At least seven Palestinian deaths have been reported, with no casualties on the Israeli side.

Undercover Israeli forces launched the raid based on “intelligence information from the Shin Bet indicating the activity of armed terrorists affiliated with the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organizations, and the presence of many terror infrastructures in the area,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

During the raid, Israeli troops also razed the home of Ahmed Barakat, a Palestinian terrorist killed by an IDF drone strike in March. According to the IDF, Barakat was responsible for two shooting attacks, including the murder of 32-year-old Meir Tamari, a father of two children, near the Israeli community of Hermesh in the West Bank in May 2023.

Expert Analysis​

“Iran-backed Palestinian terrorist groups have long sought the ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank, to turn the area into another forward base from which to carry out rocket launches and armed infiltrations against Israel. Arguably, this hasn’t been more evident anywhere than in Jenin, where the Palestinian Authority has given up any semblance of law enforcement and where there are even the beginnings of a local rocketry industry. Israel is doing what is necessary to preempt this intolerable threat.” — Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“While Israel is focused on Gaza and Lebanon, violence fomented largely by Palestinian terrorist organizations continues unabated in the West Bank. The near-daily Israeli counterterrorism operations in the West Bank have only managed to contain the threat rather than eradicate it. As a result, terrorist organizations continue attacking Israeli targets in the West Bank and are becoming a significant security issue for the Jewish state.” Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

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