The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Operation Cast Lead Update No. 7

Issued on 05/01/2009 Type Article
IDF forces continue operating in various focal points in the Gaza Strip.

Operation Cast Lead Update No. 6

Issued on 04/01/2009 Type Article
On January 3, after eight days of air strikes, the ground phase of Operation Cast Lead began.

Operation Cast Lead – Update No. 5

Issued on 02/01/2009 Type Article
On December 31, the fifth day of Operation Cast Lead, the air force attacked more than 50 targets in the Gaza Strip.

Summary of rocket fire and mortar shelling in 2008

Issued on 01/01/2009 Type Article
The year 2008 saw the peak of rocket use by Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

Operation Cast Lead—Update No. 4

Issued on 31/12/2008 Type Article
On December 30, the fourth day of Operation Cast Lead, over 50 additional terrorist sites were attacked by the Israeli Air Force and Navy.

Operation Cast Lead—Update No. 3

Issued on 30/12/2008 Type Article
On December 29, the third day of Operation Cast Lead, Israeli Air Force raids continued on targets of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. The targets of the attacks included military installations, Hamas’s administration symbols, terrorist operatives, and arms and ammunition.
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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."