Hamas is calling for a “Day of Rage” on Friday throughout Judea and Samaria and encouraging rioting and clashes with IDF forces.
In a statement issued by Hamas on Thursday evening, the organization welcomed the "heroic actions" of young Palestinians, saying "the enemy understands only the language of force".
Meanwhile, the deputy leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, called on Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, to rebuild the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and to act to preserve the “Al-Quds Intifada”, as he calls the current wave of terror.
Speaking to the Hamas newspaper Palestine, Haniyeh said that Abbas should summon a meeting of the PLO's interim leadership to establish a unity government and prepare for elections.
Haniyeh demanded a discussion on the “Palestinian national strategy” in order to protect the "Al-Quds Intifada" and put an end to any intervention (a hint at the United States’ initiative) which seeks to “stifle” the intifada’s goals.
Palestinian Arab terrorist groups have called for a “Day of Rage” nearly every Friday over the last few weeks.
Israel has continued to face international criticism as it has moved to defend its security forces from being attacked by violent Arab mobs on the Temple Mount compound, even though the riots have been initiated by the Arabs.
Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount has been left in the de facto control of the Jordanian Waqf, which has banned Jewish prayer at the site in spite of Israeli law stipulating freedom of worship for all.