Terrorist Attacks

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 5-12, 2009

Issued on 12/05/2009 Type Article
During the past week a number of rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western Negev. Hamas’s policy of restraint is still in effect and the number was relatively small. On May 11 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak On May 11 Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to establish a transitional government within 24 hours.

Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al has recently addressed the issue of rocket fire and of terrorism (“resistance”) in general.

Issued on 12/05/2009 Type Article
In an interview geared towards Americans, he admitted that Hamas is currently exercising restraint in firing rockets, whereas when speaking to Palestinians, he stressed that “resistance” remained the strategic option of Hamas.

The lone terrorist attacks still continue in Jerusalem and in other areas

Issued on 10/05/2009 Type Article
They are caused by a combination of factors, including incitement, supportive public atmosphere, economic difficulties, and frustrating political circumstances; however, they are probably not orchestrated by the terrorist organizations.

Iran and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism in the annual report on terrorism issued by the US Department of State

Issued on 06/05/2009 Type Article
The US Department of State’s annual report on terrorism, published in April 2009, dedicates a separate chapter to state sponsors of terrorism.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (April 28-May 5, 2009)

Issued on 05/05/2009 Type Article
This week several shooting attacks occurred against local communities in the western Negev, and an explosive device was detonated near the Erez Crossing. IDF Air Force fighters attacked several tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip. In a speech given for the Preparatory Committee of the Palestine Youth Parliament, Abu Mazen reiterated his objection to the recognition of Israel as the national Jewish state.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 21-27, 2009)

Issued on 28/04/2009 Type Article
This past week quiet continued in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. An important counterterrorism activity was the detention of a Palestinian terrorist from Khirbet Safa in the Mt. Hebron region who is suspected of stabbing a child to death in the community of Bat Ayn.
This week as well the Egyptians carried out intensive activities to prevent smuggling into the Gaza Strip. On the other hand, senior Hamas figure Musa Abu Marzuq stated that the smuggling was Hamas’s “right” and that smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip would continue.
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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.