In Judea and Samaria the numbers of popular terrorism attacks and attempted attacks are trending upwards. This past week an attempted vehicular attack targeting IDF soldiers securing an area north of Ramallah was prevented. Throughout Judea and Samaria Palestinians continue throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israel vehicles (including buses). An examination of the graph of significant terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria reveals they have increased over the past months (seven in May, three in April, two in March).
The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. This past week Hamas’ restraint force prevented a number of young Palestinians from infiltrating into Israeli territory. The Palestinians were taken for interrogation. Local networks continued threatening they would launch IED balloons into Israeli territory, so far without carrying out the threat.
Following a speech by Mahmoud Abbas on May 19, 2020, the Palestinian Authority (PA) began a campaign to prevent Israel from annexing territories in Judea and Samaria. The ministers in the PA government and various Palestinian groups are currently preparing to end security and civil coordination with Israel in several areas, including security, commercial ties, imports, the movement of Palestinians outside the PA territories, permits for the movement of patients requiring medical care, the population registry, etc.