This issue of the Newsletter covers the period 08-11 February 2018. On Saturday, Israeli social media networks were preoccupied with the security escalation on Israel’s northern front. Just before Saturday noon, Israel launched airstrikes on several locations in Syria. The Syrian army shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, leaving the crew with injuries. Prior to the attack on Syria, the Israeli air force brought down a reportedly Iranian reconnaissance plane, which had crossed Israel’s airspace. Since Saturday, this issue has engrossed Israeli audiovisual

media. Some social media activists accused Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of seeking an urgent military response in order to export his internal crises. Others believed that the rapid response involved diplomatic messages sent earlier to Washington and Moscow, stating that Israel did not wish to escalate the situation. This was an Israeli attempt to defuse the tension and strengthen Israel’s defence system.

Earlier, Israeli media platforms had been taken up by the statements made by Roni Alsheikh, Israeli Police Inspect General. According to Alsheikh, “influential people” used private detectives to inquire about police officers, who investigate corruption charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The latter launched an unprecedented attack on Alsheikh, considering his statements as “weird and lies.”

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The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.