The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict July 14-21, 2009

Issued on 21/07/2009 Type Article
The relative calm in the western Negev continued this past week. Two notable events occurred: Palestinians terrorist operatives opened fire on an IDF force patrolling along the border security fence (a frequent occurrence these past weeks) and a rocket fell south of Kibbutz Nahal Oz (without causing casualties or damage). The Fatah-Hamas dialogue has stalled. There are continuing arguments within Fatah over its sixth conference, scheduled for Bethlehem in early August. On the outskirts of the village of Khirbet Silim, near Bint Jbeil in south Lebanon, weapons and ammunition stored by Hezbollah exploded in an abandoned building on July 14. The incident proves that Hezbollah continues strengthening its military network in the South Lebanese villages in gross violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 7-14, 2009)

Issued on 14/07/2009 Type Article
This past week quiet in the western Negev continued. Mortar shell fire continued against IDF soldiers on routine patrol activities along the border security fence. At an Israeli government meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting to discuss “political and economic peace.”

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 30-July 7, 2009)

Issued on 07/07/2009 Type Article
This past week as well neither rockets nor mortar shells were fired into the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. There were more frequent shooting attacks targeting IDF patrols along the border security fence than in past weeks.
In the internal Palestinian arena, another round of talks ended in Cairo without making progress in the Fatah-Hamas dialogue. Both sides continue detaining the other’s operatives.


The Palestinian Authority and Fatah improve their media capabilities by launching a satellite TV channel and a Hebrew website

Issued on 06/07/2009 Type Article
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah have recently launched two new media outlets geared towards two distinct target audiences

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 24-30, 2009

Issued on 30/06/2009 Type Article
Quiet in the western Negev continued this past week, and no rockets or mortar shells were fired into Israel.
June 25 marked the third anniversary of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the news items regarding Gilad Shalit were incorrect and might even be harmful. Fatah and Hamas reported progress in the reconciliation talks being held in Cairo

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 15-23, 2009

Issued on 23/06/2009 Type Article
Hamas’s policy of restraint regarding rocket and mortar shell fire continued this past week as well, and no attacks were carried out against the western Negev.
On June 21, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak and members of the Egyptian higher echelons.
Mahmoud Abbas met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus to discuss the peace process following the speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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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."