Terrorist Attacks

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 4-11, 2009)

Issued on 11/08/2009 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in an open area near an Israeli village in the western Negev, the first in three weeks. The Fatah conference which opened on August 4 ended on August 9 with elections for the movement’s the central committee and revolutionary council. Before the elections there were interpersonal struggles between the old guard, the middle generation and the younger generation. The middle generation gained strength at the expense of the old guard. Mahmoud Abbas was reelected as movement chairman; there were no other candidates.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 28-August 4, 2009)

Issued on 04/08/2009 Type Article
The relative calm in the western Negev continues. This week’s events focused on the sixth general Fatah convention which began on August 4. Hamas, on the other hand, continues smiling at the United States and the West, using softened rhetoric completely different from the extremist language employed when speaking to the Palestinians.


Issued on 02/08/2009 Type Article
This detailed Paper discusses a range of factual and international legal issues relating to the military operation undertaken by the Israel Defence Forces (“IDF”) in Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 (the “Gaza Operation”).
The Paper has been prepared at this time in order to place the Gaza Operation in its proper factual and legal context.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 21-28, 2009)

Issued on 28/07/2009 Type Article
The calm in the western Negev continues. Hamas refrains from firing rockets into Israel and its senior figures emphasize for Western ears its policy of restraint. This past week the American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and American special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell both visited Israel. There has been an increasing number of reports that the measures taken by the IDF in Judea and Samaria to ease daily life of the Palestinians.

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.”
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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.