The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Operation Cast Lead-Update No. 16

Issued on 19/01/2009 Type Article
During the past 24 hours events focused on the announcement made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the night of January 17, after a Political-Security Cabinet meeting.

Iranian Support of Hamas

Issued on 16/01/2009 Type Article
Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005 created a new situation which accelerated the establishment of the area controlled by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Operation Cast Lead—Update No. 15

Issued on 16/01/2009 Type Article
Over the past 24 hours, IDF forces have continued expanding the ground operations in the outskirts of Gaza City, wrestling control of more and more areas from the terrorists and carrying out raids deep into the Hamas-controlled urban territory.

Sa’id Siyam, a Hamas leader and Minister of Internal Affairs and National Security in Haniyah's administration, was killed in an Israeli Air Force strike

Issued on 15/01/2009 Type Article
In the afternoon of January 15, the Israeli Air Force attacked a building in the neighborhood of Jebaliya where Sa’id Siyam, a member of the Hamas leadership, was staying.

Operation Cast Lead Update No. 14

Issued on 14/01/2009 Type Article
IDF forces continued expanding the ground operation, reaching the outskirts of Gaza City, exposing and destroying terrorist infrastructure facilities.

Operation Cast Lead Update No. 13

Issued on 13/01/2009 Type Article
IDF reserve forces joined the ground forces fighting in the Gaza Strip, making it possible to slowly extend the ground action during the current phase.
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The Palestinian Authority is a semi-autonomous entity which controls the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 with the signing of the Oslo Accords. Formally, according to the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority also controls the Gaza Strip, but in reality it lost control in June 2007 when Hamas' violently took control. Since Yasser Arafat's death, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has headed the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian Authority's status was severely damaged by the Palestinian terrorist campaign (the Al-Aqsa, or second intifada). Since it was unable and unwilling to prevent terrorist attacks from being carried out from its territory, Israel ended cooperation with it and most Palestinian Authority activities came to a standstill. Today the Palestinian Authority security forces maintain internal order and prevent terrorist attacks.
Many countries around the world give the Palestinian Authority some sort of recognition as a political entity, although most of them do not recognize it as a sovereign state. Some of them formalized their diplomatic relations and promoted their representatives to the status of ambassadors. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently applied to the UN for membership. On September 23, 2011, he formally appealed to the secretary general of the UN to recognize the state of "Palestine."