The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

A record in Hamas’ violent suppression of Fatah in the Gaza Strip

Issued on 14/11/2007 Type Article
During a memorial rally for Yasser Arafat in Gaza City, Hamas security personnel opened fire on the crowd. Seven Palestinians were killed. The rally was a demonstration of Fatah strength and a public outcry against Hamas.

Palestinian children playing with plastic weapons, copying the fighting methods of the terrorist organizations.

Issued on 11/11/2007 Type Article
The games are part of the education they receive in hatred and violence against Israel. The toy weapons are very similar to real ones and playing with them is liable to endanger the children’s lives.

A terrorist squad fired a mortar shell from within an educational complex in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip

Issued on 02/11/2007 Type Article
A terrorist squad fired a mortar shell from within an educational complex in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip and then took cover in the building: Another example of how the terrorist organizations use the civilian population in the Gaza Strip as human shields.

Radical Islamic ideology versus governmental needs:

Issued on 02/11/2007 Type Article
Dr. Ghazi Hamad, high-ranking Hamas activist, harshly criticized the movement’s since its rise to power. He harshly criticized the military takeover of the Gaza Strip, calling it “a terrible strategic mistake” and urged the Hamas leadership to deal positively with its errors.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation October 16-31, 2007

Issued on 02/11/2007 Type Article
Israeli security forces continued intensive counterterrorist activities in the Gaza Strip, during which two IDF soldiers were killed. The Palestinian Authority is planning to deploy 500 members of its security services in Nablus, the terrorism capital of the West Bank. On the political front deliberations continued between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams in an effort to formulate a joint statement for the meeting in Annapolis.

The detention and rush release of terrorists: the revolving door policy under Arafat

Issued on 24/10/2007 Type Article
It was recently revealed that the Palestinian Authority released three terrorist operatives who planned to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a visit to Jericho in late June 2007 (which in the end was cancelled). The three, members of the Palestinian security services and Fatah-Tanzim, were released after a few months’ detention despite the fact that during interrogation it was discovered that they planned to shoot at the prime minister’s convoy. Two of the three were recently detained again by the Palestinian security services after Israel lodged protests.
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Information on The Israeli Palestinian Conflict
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."