The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation June 10-17, 2008

Issued on 18/06/2008 Type Article
This week, significant progress was made in the Egyptian-sponsored contacts for a lull in the fighting. It followed Israel’s decision to exhaust the dialogue with Egypt, while maintaining the option of a rapid military operation in the Gaza Strip. On June 17 senior Hamas figures announced that the lull would begin on Thursday, June 19, at 6 o’clock in the morning.
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Using civilians as human shields:

Issued on 18/06/2008 Type Article
Ten Palestinians killed and several dozens (including women and children) injured in Beit Lahiya as a result of a “work accident”: an explosion flattened the house of Ahmed Hamouda, a senior Hamas operative in the northern Gaza Strip
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Israel has decided to give a chance to the Egyptian-brokered talks on a lull in the fighting, while keeping military readiness for an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 12/06/2008 Type Article
Israel has decided to give a chance to the Egyptian-brokered talks on a lull in the fighting, while keeping military readiness for an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip. In the meantime, Hamas and other terrorist organizations escalated shelling and firing rockets at Israel
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."