Issa rarely appears in public over fears of Israeli action

Amid the ongoing tensions between Palestinian terrorist organizations and the State of Israel, the deputy head of the military wing of Hamas, Marwan Issa, stated Wednesday morning on Hamas' Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades TV channel that "the political plan to reach our goals in the West Bank is over, and so is the Oslo agreement, the coming days will be full of events." Issa did not specify what type of events he was referring to, but it is likely they have to do with Hamas’s plans to attack Israeli civilians in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

Issa’s statement also comes just ahead of Ramadan which he spoke of and added that "any change in the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will cause an earthquake in the region. We are giving room for resistance in the West Bank and Jerusalem because they are the active arenas and are influential at the current stage on a strategic level."

He also noted that "despite the active resistance in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip will not remain silent, and we will defend our Palestinian people with all the necessary means."

Issa's words come in the shadow of the suspicion of a terrorist attack in the northern part of Israel after a bomb was set off on Route 65. Nevertheless, due to the sensitive details of the attack and ongoing investigation, most of the details are currently classified and cannot be published at this time. The Judean will post an update with details once it is cleared for publication. 

Following the attack, Defense Minister Yoav Galant held a situational assessment Tuesday night with the participation of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Shin Bet chief Ronan Bar, and other senior officials in the security system. The various security forces presented Minister Galant with initial findings from the investigation of the events. It is worth noting that in the explosion, 21-year-old Israeli-Arab Sharaf Eladin was seriously injured and is currently being stabilized and treated in an Israeli hospital.

Lt. Col. (res.) Kobi Marom, an expert on the northern arena, said in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth: "An explosive device exploding in the heart of Israel on Route 65 is something that should worry us a lot, but beyond that, I am not saying anything about this incident because of its classification. It is certainly very worrying that the terrorist organizations were able to carry out such an attack in the heart of Israel, I think we are facing a very sensitive period. We are in the midst of a terrorist wave. Next week Ramadan begins and I am sorry that the leadership of the Ministry of National Security and the police are busy fighting with each other instead of preparing optimally for the upcoming Ramadan.”

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