The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation June 3-10, 2008

Issued on 11/06/2008 Type Article
This past week intensive rocket and mortar shell fire from the Gaza Strip continued. A 120mm mortar shell hit a factory on Kibbutz Nir Oz, killing Amnon Rosenberg from Kibbutz Nirim. Israel’s political and security leadership is deliberating the Egyptian initiative for a lull in the fighting. Abu Mazen gave a speech to mark the 41st anniversary of the Six Day War, calling upon Hamas to engage in a national dialogue and to return the Gaza Strip to the status quo before Hamas’s military takeover.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 27-June 3, 2008

Issued on 04/06/2008 Type Article
No progress was made this past week in the contacts for the Egyptian initiative regarding a lull in the fighting. Hamas continues to threaten an escalation of terrorism and manipulating civilians at the crossings if its demands for the lull are not met. On the ground rocket and intensive mortar shell fire continued, wounding five Israelis.

An increase in attacks on Christian and institutions identified with the West in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 02/06/2008 Type Article
Hamas, which controls the radical Islamic entity in the Strip, pays lip-service to condemning the attacks but does not take effective steps to stop them.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 20-27, 2008

Issued on 28/05/2008 Type Article
This week events focused on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s attempted mass-killing suicide attack at the Erez Crossing, using a truck filled with explosives.
Khaled Mashal and a delegation of high-level members of Hamas’s political bureau are currently on a visit to Iran, prompted by the indirect Israeli-Syrian negotiations and the Egyptian initiative for a lull in the fighting.

An attempted mass-killing attack was prevented when a truck carrying explosives blew up near the Erez Crossing

Issued on 23/05/2008 Type Article
During the early morning hours of May 22, a truck which reached the merchandise zone at the Erez Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip blew up. Damage was done to various structures but there were no casualties.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 13-20, 2008

Issued on 21/05/2008 Type Article
Egypt is currently conducting intensive activity concerning its initiative for a lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. On the ground, the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue firing a large number of rockets at western Negev population centers. Especially notable was the direct Grad rocket hit on the Hutzot Mall in Ashqelon.
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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."