Terrorist Attacks

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.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 24-April 6, 2010)

Issued on 06/04/2010 Type Article
During the past two weeks rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory increased. There were two prominent incidents, one in which an IDF officer and soldier were killed (March 26) and one in which a Thai worker was killed in a village in the western Negev (March 18). Hamas continues its policy of restraint and attempts to impose it on the rogue organizations, not always successfully.
Violent demonstrations continued in Judea and Samaria, and Palestinians continued throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles. Spokesmen for the Palestinian Authority encourage such behavior as part of what they call the “popular resistance,” but proclaim their objection to turning it into an armed conflict like the second intifada. Even as Palestinians rioted, Salam Fayyad, Palestinian prime minister, repeated his plan to establish the institutions and infrastructure for a Palestinian state (from the bottom up), to be implemented by the middle of 2011.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 16-23, 2010)

Issued on 24/03/2010 Type Article
This past week there was a significant increase in the amount of rocket fire which targeted the western Negev. However, there was a decrease in the rioting in Jerusalem, Hebron and other points of friction in Judea and Samaria.
This past week anti-Israeli incitement continued in the Palestinian Authority, even as the PA tried to contain the riots and prevent them from spinning out of control. Spokesmen affiliated with the PA reported in the media that the Palestinians did not seek a third intifada but continued the popular struggle.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 10-16, 2010)

Issued on 17/03/2010 Type Article
After three weeks of quiet in the western Negev, two rockets were fired into Israeli territory this past week. After three weeks of quiet in the western Negev, two rockets were fired into Israeli territory this past week. Jerusalem remained a focus of unrest and rioting, accompanied by a Hamas and Fatah incitement campaign. The dedication on March 15 of the rebuilt Hurva synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City was exploited to incite the Palestinian public with the false claim that Israel was going to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque and build the Third Temple in its stead. Senior figures in the Palestinian Authority used the current crisis over building housing units in Ramat Shlomo in north Jerusalem to increase the pressure on Israel. Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli government’s decision to build in Ramat Shlomo was a “severe blow” to the efforts made during the past months to relaunch the indirect negotiations.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 3-9, 2010)

Issued on 09/03/2010 Type Article
The western Negev was quiet this week as well. Violent demonstrations continued in several locations in Judea and Samaria, which included throwing stones at IDF forces. The peak of the incidents took place on the Temple Mount, where for the first time in many years stones were thrown at Jewish worshippers at the Wailing Wall
On March 8, the US administration announced that Israel and the PA had agreed to resume the political process through proximity talks.
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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.