Implementing the lull arrangement (Updated to June 26, 4 p.m.)

Issued on 26/06/2008 Type Article
During the first week of the lull there was a significant decrease in the amount of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip targeting western Negev population centers, but the terrorist organizations abided by the arrangement only partially. The lull was violated several time. Notable was the barrage of three rockets fired at Sderot by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in retaliation for the killing of one of its operatives in Nablus, despite the fact that Judea and Samaria are not included in the lull arrangement. In response, on June 25 Israel temporarily closed the crossings into the Gaza Strip, with the exception of the Erez crossing.

Implementing the arrangement for a lull in the fighting (Updated to June 22, 4 p.m.)

Issued on 22/06/2008 Type Article
On June 19 at 6 a.m. the lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip went into effect. During the first four days the terrorist organizations have not fired shots or launched rockets or mortar shells from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. The IDF also stopped its counterterrorist activities in the Strip and orders for opening fire were refreshed. On Sunday morning, June 22, a “red alert” was heard in Sderot but turned out to be a false alarm. On June 20 in Samaria, which is not included in the lull arrangement, two terrorist operatives opened fire from their vehicle at a number of Israelis on a hike along a trail near the settlement on Halamish (in southwest Samaria). Three Israelis were wounded, one of them critically.

The arrangement for a lull in the fighting (Updated to 6 p.m., June 18)

Issued on 18/06/2008 Type Article
On June 17, 2008, at the end of several months of contacts between Egypt and Israeli and Hamas representatives, Egypt and Hamas separately announced that a lull in the fighting (tahadiya) between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had been agreed on. According to the announcements, it was expected to go into effect on the morning of Thursday, June 19, at 06:00 Israeli time.

Terrorism and Internet:

Issued on 18/06/2008 Type Article
Hamas has recently upgraded the website of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, its military-terrorist wing. Upgrading the website, which incites to hatred and anti-Israeli terrorism, reflects the importance Hamas places on its website network as a central component in the battle for hearts and minds.

Using civilians as human shields:

Issued on 18/06/2008 Type Article
Ten Palestinians killed and several dozens (including women and children) injured in Beit Lahiya as a result of a “work accident”: an explosion flattened the house of Ahmed Hamouda, a senior Hamas operative in the northern Gaza Strip

Israel has decided to give a chance to the Egyptian-brokered talks on a lull in the fighting, while keeping military readiness for an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 12/06/2008 Type Article
Israel has decided to give a chance to the Egyptian-brokered talks on a lull in the fighting, while keeping military readiness for an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip. In the meantime, Hamas and other terrorist organizations escalated shelling and firing rockets at Israel
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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.