Terrorist Attacks

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict July 14-21, 2009

Issued on 21/07/2009 Type Article
The relative calm in the western Negev continued this past week. Two notable events occurred: Palestinians terrorist operatives opened fire on an IDF force patrolling along the border security fence (a frequent occurrence these past weeks) and a rocket fell south of Kibbutz Nahal Oz (without causing casualties or damage). The Fatah-Hamas dialogue has stalled. There are continuing arguments within Fatah over its sixth conference, scheduled for Bethlehem in early August. On the outskirts of the village of Khirbet Silim, near Bint Jbeil in south Lebanon, weapons and ammunition stored by Hezbollah exploded in an abandoned building on July 14. The incident proves that Hezbollah continues strengthening its military network in the South Lebanese villages in gross violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 7-14, 2009)

Issued on 14/07/2009 Type Article
This past week quiet in the western Negev continued. Mortar shell fire continued against IDF soldiers on routine patrol activities along the border security fence. At an Israeli government meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting to discuss “political and economic peace.”

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 30-July 7, 2009)

Issued on 07/07/2009 Type Article
This past week as well neither rockets nor mortar shells were fired into the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. There were more frequent shooting attacks targeting IDF patrols along the border security fence than in past weeks.
In the internal Palestinian arena, another round of talks ended in Cairo without making progress in the Fatah-Hamas dialogue. Both sides continue detaining the other’s operatives.


News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 24-30, 2009

Issued on 30/06/2009 Type Article
Quiet in the western Negev continued this past week, and no rockets or mortar shells were fired into Israel.
June 25 marked the third anniversary of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the news items regarding Gilad Shalit were incorrect and might even be harmful. Fatah and Hamas reported progress in the reconciliation talks being held in Cairo

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 15-23, 2009

Issued on 23/06/2009 Type Article
Hamas’s policy of restraint regarding rocket and mortar shell fire continued this past week as well, and no attacks were carried out against the western Negev.
On June 21, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak and members of the Egyptian higher echelons.
Mahmoud Abbas met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus to discuss the peace process following the speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Gaza Strip after Operation Cast Lead: The rebuilding of the civilian and military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip carried out by Hamas. At the same time, Hamas continues entrenching its control of the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 18/06/2009 Type Article
Operation Cast Lead caused severe damage to Hamas’s military, security, administrative and civilian structures in the Gaza Strip, as well as to the infrastructure and public installations from or near which Hamas operated during the fighting. In the six months since the fighting ended, Hamas has made an effort to restore its internal security forces and military-terrorist wing (the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades) to their previous strength and to upgrade their capabilities. At the same time, Hamas strives to control and supervise the rebuilding process, while not allowing the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold.
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Information on Terrorist Attacks
For decades the Palestinian terrorist organizations have waged a vicious war against the State of Israel, causing untold bloodshed. Their mass-casualty suicide bombing attacks claimed hundreds of victims. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact beginning of terrorist attacks against Israel. However, after the Six Day War Palestinian terrorism accelerated and the number to terrorist attacks in Israel and abroad against Jewish and Israeli targets increased.
During the 1970s planes were hijacked by terrorists from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Most prominent at the time was a Fatah organization called Black September, which in 1972 killed 11 Israeli sportsmen at the Munich Olympics. Trans-border terrorist attacks were also carried (attacks from Jordan until 1970 and attacks from the Lebanese border), some of them targeting Israeli civilians. In the 1990s suicide bombing attacks became the main form of terrorist attack carried out by the Palestinians, first by the radical Islamic organizations, primarily Hamas, and later by the secular organizations.
There was a significant increase in terrorist attacks during the Palestinian terrorist campaign of 2000-2005 (known as the Al-Aqsa or second intifada), during which a great many attacks were carried out, including many suicide bombing attacks which disrupted daily life in Israel and threatened its large cities.
The number of terrorist attacks diminished after Operation Cast Lead and thanks to the construction of large sections of the security fence.