Terrorist Attacks

The Gaza Strip after Operation Cast Lead: The rebuilding of the civilian and military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip carried out by Hamas. At the same time, Hamas continues entrenching its control of the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 18/06/2009 Type Article
Operation Cast Lead caused severe damage to Hamas’s military, security, administrative and civilian structures in the Gaza Strip, as well as to the infrastructure and public installations from or near which Hamas operated during the fighting. In the six months since the fighting ended, Hamas has made an effort to restore its internal security forces and military-terrorist wing (the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades) to their previous strength and to upgrade their capabilities. At the same time, Hamas strives to control and supervise the rebuilding process, while not allowing the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 9-15, 2009)

Issued on 16/06/2009 Type Article
The relative quiet in the western Negev continued this past week.
Diplomatic activity focused on the speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan University on June 14.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 2-9, 2009)

Issued on 10/06/2009 Type Article
Terrorist events this past week focused on the prevention of a multifaceted showcase attack near the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, carried out by a network affiliated with the global jihad.
On the political front, American President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Cairo carrying a strong message of conciliation for the Arab-Muslim world. The Palestinian Authority praised the speech and sent the ball into the Israeli court, while Hamas responded in a conciliatory tone and called for the United States to translate the speech into action.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 26-June 2, 2009)

Issued on 03/06/2009 Type Article
Hamas’s policy of restraint continues, and no rockets or mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory this past week. In the Mt. Hebron region the Israeli security forces killed a wanted Hamas terrorist operative who had been involved in suicide bombing attacks in Israeli cities in the 1990s. In Qalqiliya the Palestinian security forces killed two senior wanted Hamas operatives after a violent confrontation. On May 28 Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with American President Barack Obama.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 18-26, 2009)

Issued on 27/05/2009 Type Article
This past week a rocket hit a house in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. It was the first time since the end of March that a rocket hit was identified there. In addition, terrorist squads detonated an IED and opened light-arms fire on an IDF patrol along the border security fence with the Gaza Strip. On May 19 a Palestinian Authority transitional government headed by Salam Fayyad was sworn

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 12-18, 2009

Issued on 19/05/2009 Type Article
The trend toward calm in the western Negev continued this past week, and there were no mortar shell or rocket attacks. In Judea and Samaria as well there were no terrorist attacks worth mentioning.
Nakba Day (referring to the establishment of the State of Israel, which is called “the catastrophe” by the Palestinians) was marked in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip with rallies, processions and protests.
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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.