This past week a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. It targeted the southern city of Sderot at a time when many residents were at a drive-in movie. The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. In response, IDF aircraft attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The rocket attack came after a month of quiet, and in all probability the rocket was launched by a rogue terrorist organization and not by Hamas, which is busy (successfully) coping with the COVID-19 crisis.

In Judea and Samaria no significant popular terrorism attacks were carried out, but the daily throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles continued.

At the weekly Palestinian government meeting PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh announced that the PA stood by the termination of its relations with Israel and its refusal to accept tax revenues. Khaled al-Asili, PA minister of the economy, called for the removal of every trace of Israel’s complete domination over the Palestinian economy. However, a columnist in the daily al-Quds criticized the PA’s decision to stop civilian cooperation with Israel, claiming that it harmed the PA’s economic functioning and was a burden on the Palestinian people, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

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