Terrorist Attacks

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 15-22, 2009)

Issued on 22/12/2009 Type Article
This past week two rockets fell in the western Negev. Hamas continued its policy of terrorist activity restraint. The negotiations for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit are at a crossroads. Hamas expects to be informed of the Israeli position to make its own decisions. The PLO’s Central Council voted to continue Mahmoud Abbas’ term as “president” of the Palestinian Authority.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 8-15, 2009)

Issued on 15/12/2009 Type Article
This week sporadic rocket fire continued from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev as Hamas continued it policy of restraint. The focus of the week’s events was the torching of the mosque in the village of Yasuf (south of Nablus), apparently by right-wing extremists from Samaria. It was strongly denounced by both Israel’s prime minister and president. Hamas celebrated the 22nd anniversary of its founding. It held a mass rally in Gaza City, which turned into an impressive show of strength.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 1-8, 2009)

Issued on 08/12/2009 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. An IDF patrol was attacked with RPG and light arms fire near the security fence in the central Gaza Strip. There was intensive activity in Judea and Samaria of stone- and Molotov cocktail-throwing.
Political activity focused on the Swedish initiative to determine a time frame for establishing a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders and [East] Jerusalem as its capital


News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 24-December 1, 2009)

Issued on 01/12/2009 Type Article
This past week there was no rocket or mortar shell fire into Israeli territory.
An attempt to cross the Israeli-Egyptian border was prevented. The infiltrator fled but left behind a bag with a 15-kilogram (33-pound) IED, apparently intended to be used in a terrorist attack in Israel.
Internal political affairs focused on the announcement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Cabinet had authorized the suspension of new construction .

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 17-24, 2009)

Issued on 24/11/2009 Type Article
Rocket and mortar shell fire into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip increased this past week, with four rocket and two mortar shell hits. In response, on three separate occasions the Israeli Air Force attacked sites A delegation of senior Hamas figures arrived in Cairo for meetings with the Egyptians and the German mediator regarding the release of Gilad Shalit.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 10-17, 2009)

Issued on 17/11/2009 Type Article
One rocket was fired into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip this week, as Hamas maintains its policy of restraint. Recently several statements have been made by senior members of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority regarding plans to unilaterally declare the establishment of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital, and to that end to appeal to the the Security Council.
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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.