Hamas

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 8 – 13, 2014)

Issued on 13/05/2014 Type Article
This past week Israel's south was quiet. In Judea and Samaria violent "popular resistance" activities continued. The Israel Security Agency said in an announcement that in April 2014 a terrorist abduction for purposes of bargaining was prevented. Hamas and Fatah began mutual gestures to implement their reconciliation agreement. Tactical steps were taken (permission to distribute each other's newspapers in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 30 – May 7, 2014)*

Issued on 07/05/2014 Type Article
One rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In Judea and Samaria Palestinian violence continued (throwing stones and Molotov cocktails), part of the so-called "popular resistance." In northern Israel a young girl was stabbed to death. Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Khaled Mashaal, head of Hamas' political bureau, met in Doha, Qatar
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The funeral held in Al-Bireh for two senior Hamas terrorist operatives, brothers whose remains were returned to the Palestinian Authority by Israel, was exploited by Hamas for a show of force in Judea and Samaria

Issued on 01/05/2014 Type Article
The funeral held in Al-Bireh for two senior Hamas terrorist operatives, brothers whose remains were returned to the Palestinian Authority by Israel, was exploited by Hamas for a show of force in Judea and Samaria – although Hamas continues its commitment to the internal Palestinian reconciliation.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 24 – 29, 2014)

Issued on 29/04/2014 Type Article
Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft struck a Palestinian terrorist operative in the Gaza Strip who was apparently planning to launch rockets into Israeli territory. April 29, 2014, was the final day of the nine-month Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
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Following the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, Hamas may maneuver between adherence to its fundamental positions and its desire to benefit from the agreement which may serve its internal political and media purposes

Issued on 28/04/2014 Type Article
The reconciliation agreement signed with Fatah on April 23, 2014, poses for Hamas the basic problem familiar from the past regarding its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 14 – 23, 2014)

Issued on 23/04/2014 Type Article
The focus of terrorist events this past week (the Israeli Passover holiday) was the murder of an Israeli citizen in a shooting attack as he was driving to Hebron. Next week on April 29, 2014, the nine months allotted for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will expire. In the internal Palestinian arena, delegations of Fatah and Hamas met in the Gaza Strip and announced a reconciliation agreement.
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.