The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 4-11, 2010)

Issued on 11/05/2010 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. In response the Israeli Air Force attacked two targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The coalition of pro-Palestinian organizations if completing preparations to send the so-called flotilla of aid to the Gaza Strip. The American State Department announced the inception of proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 27-May 4, 2010)

Issued on 04/05/2010 Type Article
The western Negev was quiet this week as well. Shooting incidents continue against IDF soldiers engaged in routine security activity along the border.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, announced that the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians were expected to begin soon.
Preparations continue for a flotilla of aid to the Gaza Strip, which is supposed to include at least eight ships. The Hamas administration is repairing the Gaza port for the arrival of the flotilla and plans to send over 100 boats for a welcome ceremony
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 22-27, 2010)

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Relative quiet continued in the western Negev this past week. Three Grad 122mm rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula. Two fell into the sea near Eilat and one in the Jordanian city of Aqaba. In our assessment a network affiliated with the global jihad was responsible for the rocket fire.
George Mitchell, the American envoy to the Middle East, visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority on April 23-34 to prepare the ground for proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 14-21, 2010)

Issued on 21/04/2010 Type Article
The western Negev was quiet this week. Hamas senior Moussa Abu Marzouq announced that there was a consensus not to launch rockets
Khaled Mash’al, the head of the Hamas political bureau, praised the path of “resistance” and stressed that Hamas would continue to abduct Israeli soldiers—“Gilad Shalit is neither the first nor the last”. Isma’il Haniyah, the head of the Hamas administration, also stressed that “all options are open” to release the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 7-13, 2010)

Issued on 13/04/2010 Type Article
During the past week the western Negev was quiet. Terrorist squads continued their attempts to confront IDF forces engaged in preventive counterterrorism activities along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas’ security services continue their attempts to prevent rogue terrorist organizations from carrying out attacks
The de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip and pro-Palestinian European organizations (particularly an Islamic-oriented Turkish organization) are making preparations to transport large amounts of aid to the Gaza Strip by sea.
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The Palestinian Authority still allows and even encourages shaheeds to be turned into role models:

Issued on 11/04/2010 Type Article
In Ramallah a street is named after Yahya Ayash, the Hamas operative called “The Engineer.” He was behind suicide bombing attacks which killed several dozen Israeli civilians and were intended to sabotage the Oslo accords.
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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."