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Terrorism & Insurgency

Spike in militant attacks from Gaza Strip ahead of March 2020 Israeli elections

24 February 2020
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Key Points

  • During a period of increased tensions, on 2 February, Hamas released a statement announcing that militants would not stop their targeting of Israel.
  • The recent announcement of the US peace plan sparked protests and therefore renewed clashes between Palestinians and Israel's security forces.
  • The continuing lack of commitment by Israel and Hamas towards easing sanctions and halting attacks, respectively, deems a prolonged period of de-escalation unlikely.

On 2 February, the Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas released a statement announcing that militants in the Gaza Strip would not stop their targeting of Israel. The statement was made amid ongoing airstrikes conducted by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in the Gaza Strip in response to a spate of increased violence by militants based there. The increased tempo of the conflict, paired with Hamas' announcement of its commitment to continued violence, and the peace plan proposed by United States President Donald Trump, has resulted in increased attention being brought to the conflict, for example by Elders - an independent group of global leaders - at the recent Munich Security Conference on 14-16 February.

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