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Iranian Leader Calls for a Jihad by Palestinians

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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6 Feb 2020
Iranian Leader Calls for a Jihad by Palestinians
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tweeted on Wednesday that the proper response to the Trump Administration’s “Deal of the Century” plan was "bold resistance by the Palestinian nation and groups in order to force out the Zionist enemy and the US through jihad." Within hours of the tweet, violent riots and confrontations broke out in Jerusalem and several West Bank cities between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.



Here is a video giving further insight into the Iranian practice of exporting terrorism



In the city of Jenin, rioting erupted following the demolition by Israeli troops of the home of a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the death of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in September 2018. Two Palestinian men were killed while participating in those riots, including a PA police officer. Seven other people were wounded in the melee. The deadly riots occurred just hours after a 17-year old Palestinian youth was shot dead by IDF troops as he threw a gasoline bomb at them during a riot in Hebron. Riots also occurred in the village of al-Bireh near Ramallah.

Wednesday’s events followed violent riots in Hebron, which included IDF troops coming under attack from rioters armed with gasoline bombs and other crude weapons.

“We are experiencing a fairly violent week,” an IDF spokesman said. “There is a lot of friction and unavoidable losses. Both sides are working towards containing and calming the situation.”

However, a possible escalation took place around 2 AM in Jerusalem when a suspected ramming attack on IDF soldiers wounded 12.

"It's only a matter of time - and not much time - until we get our hands on the perpetrator," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. "Terror will not overwhelm us, we will win."

A few hours later, an Israeli Border Police officer was lightly wounded when an Arab man from a village in northern Israel opened fire on him and his comrades with a 9mm pistol on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. The attacker was shot dead almost immediately by other police officers on the scene.

Here is a video of a recent think tank event giving some insights into the Israel-Palestinian conflict

 

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