Terrorist Attacks

A New Book by Dr. Anat Berko: The Smarter Bomb. Women and Children as Suicide Bombers

Issued on 13/05/2010 Type Article
For the past several years the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has dealt with female suicide bombers as part of its overall coverage of suicide bombing terrorism. Dr. Anat Berko, a criminologist who received her PhD from Bar Ilan University, studied the involvement of women in anti-Israeli terrorism and revealed surprising facts. The Smarter Bomb is based in part on interviews she conducted with male and female security prisoners.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 4-11, 2010)

Issued on 11/05/2010 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In response the Israeli Air Force attacked two targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The coalition of pro-Palestinian organizations if completing preparations to send the so-called flotilla of aid to the Gaza Strip. The American State Department announced the inception of proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority


News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 27-May 4, 2010)

Issued on 04/05/2010 Type Article
The western Negev was quiet this week as well. Shooting incidents continue against IDF soldiers engaged in routine security activity along the border.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, announced that the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians were expected to begin soon.
Preparations continue for a flotilla of aid to the Gaza Strip, which is supposed to include at least eight ships. The Hamas administration is repairing the Gaza port for the arrival of the flotilla and plans to send over 100 boats for a welcome ceremony

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 22-27, 2010)

Issued on 27/04/2010 Type Article
Relative quiet continued in the western Negev this past week. Three Grad 122mm rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula. Two fell into the sea near Eilat and one in the Jordanian city of Aqaba. In our assessment a network affiliated with the global jihad was responsible for the rocket fire.
George Mitchell, the American envoy to the Middle East, visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority on April 23-34 to prepare the ground for proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 14-21, 2010)

Issued on 21/04/2010 Type Article
The western Negev was quiet this week. Hamas senior Moussa Abu Marzouq announced that there was a consensus not to launch rockets
Khaled Mash’al, the head of the Hamas political bureau, praised the path of “resistance” and stressed that Hamas would continue to abduct Israeli soldiers—“Gilad Shalit is neither the first nor the last”. Isma’il Haniyah, the head of the Hamas administration, also stressed that “all options are open” to release the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 7-13, 2010)

Issued on 13/04/2010 Type Article
During the past week the western Negev was quiet. Terrorist squads continued their attempts to confront IDF forces engaged in preventive counterterrorism activities along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas’ security services continue their attempts to prevent rogue terrorist organizations from carrying out attacks
The de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip and pro-Palestinian European organizations (particularly an Islamic-oriented Turkish organization) are making preparations to transport large amounts of aid to the Gaza Strip by sea.
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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.