Yesterday's terrorist shooting — like so many attacks that target Israel and her people — did not occur at one of the Jewish state's turbulent borders. Instead, it happened just north of Jerusalem, at a bus stop outside the settlement of Ofra. Writing at JNS, Yoni Ben Menachem says that this is Hamas' intent — to perpetrate attacks within the Holy Land while the IDF has its hands full on Israel's northern and southern borders:
Hamas published a notice in praise of the attack near Ofra. It states that the terror attack shows the “resistance” has made a security breakthrough and “the West Bank is leading the initiative in resistance to the occupation and the response to attacks on Palestinians, and it demonstrates that the resistance is alive, despite constant efforts to uproot it.”
The chief of the Israel Security Agency (ISA) Nadav Argaman warned in November in a debate of the Knesset Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense that the quiet in Judea and Samaria is deceptive, and that the security situation there is very complex.
He stressed that Hamas is making every effort to perpetrate terror attacks from Judea and Samaria. According to Argaman, ISA arrested 219 Hamas cells and thwarted 480 terror attacks.
Indeed, it is apparent from declarations by Hamas leaders that indirect contacts with Israel through the Egyptian intelligence services on calm in the Gaza Strip do not also include a cessation of terror activities in the West Bank.
From the point of view of Hamas, this is an area of “occupation,” where terror attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians are legitimate.
Hamas sources state that as Israel is now dealing with two fronts, in the south and the north, this is the time for it to inflame the territories also within the West Bank in order to strike at Israel, and at the same time attempt to ruin the security cooperation between Israel and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah.
Furthermore, igniting the West Bank will serve the Iranian-Hamas goal of torpedoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” which he is expected to unveil at the beginning of 2019...