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Likud Knesst member Anat Berko attends a Foreign Affairs and Security committee meeting at the Knesset, Nov. 19, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Understanding the enemy: An interview with Dr. Anat Berko

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Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Anat Berko is a criminologist and a world-renowned expert on terrorism whose research focuses on suicide bombers and their handlers. Over the course of 20 years, she...
Palestinian trucks loaded with aggregate, iron and cement enter through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Why is Israel’s government making concessions to the Palestinians?

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In what appears to be a string of concessions to the Palestinians despite continuing rocket fire, violent border riots in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian incitement and terrorism in Judea and Samaria, the Office...
Palestinians demonstrate at the Israeli Hawara checkpoint near the city of Nablus and clash with Israeli security forces in support to the escape of the six Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli prison of Gilboa on Sept. 8, 2021. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Could Gilboa Prison escape help spark another intifada?

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The dramatic escape of six Palestinian terrorists from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Monday carries the potential of a broader security escalation, a former defense official has cautioned. Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former...
Palestinian trucks loaded with aggregate, iron and cement enter through the Kerem Shalom border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Hamas: Series of Israeli steps to ease conditions in Gaza are ‘not enough’

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Hamas has warned that a series of recent steps by Israel to ease conditions in the Gaza Strip are “not enough,” adding to growing tensions along the Gaza-Israel border. Hamas has threatened to expand...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on May 7, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Hamas ‘should be very worried’ by Israel’s maneuver towards Abbas

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Hamas has good reason to be concerned by the recent meeting between Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, a former senior Israeli defense official told JNS. According to...
The head of Israel's Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a conference in Jerusalem, on Aug. 2, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Gantz-Abbas meeting irks Israeli right and Hamas alike

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Right-wing Israeli officials and Gaza’s Hamas rulers alike expressed outrage on Monday over news that Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah on Sunday. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office...
Talal Naji, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command terrorist group, in an interview that aired on Iranian television on Aug.11, 2021. Credit: MEMRI.

PFLP-GC leader: Iran’s Soleimani supervised Palestinian weapons-development program

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The former head of Iran’s Quds Force, Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, personally oversaw the development of Palestinian terror groups’ weapons- and rocket-manufacturing capabilities, according to Talal Naji, the leader of the Popular Front for the...
Children in Gaza participate in Hamas-instigated riots along the Israeli border, Aug. 21, 2021. Source: Twitter.

IDF Arabic spokesman urges Gazans not to heed Hamas calls for border riots

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Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, head of the Arab media division of the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit, warned the residents of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday not to heed Hamas’s call to riot along...
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar at a rally in Beit Lahiya on May 30, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

Hamas demanding ‘impossible terms’ as deadlock with Israel continues

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Hamas in the Gaza Strip is pursuing terms that are impossible for Israel to accept as part of its extortion attempt to “change the rules of the equation,” a former defense official and expert...
Masked Palestinian supporters of Palestinian Islamic Jihad prepare incendiary balloons east of Gaza City to launch across the border fence towards Israel, June 15, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

Palestinians in Gaza continue to send incendiary balloons into Israel

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Palestinian activists in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip launched another wave of explosive-laden balloons at Israel on Tuesday. It came after the Israel Defense Forces struck terror targets overnight on Monday in response to incendiary devices that caused multiple fires...