The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Terrorism and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict November 4-11, 2008

Issued on 11/11/2008 Type Article
This past week events focused on the IDF’s action inside the Gaza Strip near the security fence. . Israel, in response, closed the Gaza Strip crossings. The escalation was a difficult test, the first of its kind, for the continuation of the lull arrangement. On the internal Palestinian front, on the eve of the opening of the national Palestinian dialogue in Cairo, Hamas announced that it would not participate, claiming as grounds for its refusal the continued detentions of Hamas activists by the Palestinian security services in Judea and Samaria. Hamas’s cancellation was a clear indication of the depth of the rift between Hamas and Fatah. It was also a blow to the prestige of Egypt, which had mediated intensively in recent weeks to repair the internal Palestinian schism.
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News of the Terrorism and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict October 28-November 4, 2008

Issued on 05/11/2008 Type Article
This past week Hamas violated the lull arrangement again when a group of terrorists tried to plant an IED near the Gaza Strip security fence and fired two anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers. Preparations continued for opening the national reconciliation conference in Cairo. Senior Fatah, as well as Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organization figures, are expected to attend.
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Society and politics in the Gaza Strip

Issued on 02/11/2008 Type Article
Society and politics in the Gaza Strip: the da’wah, Hamas’s civilian infrastructure, is an important support of its political control. The da’wah’s extensive activities during the last Muslim holy month of Ramadan demonstrated that it has become Hamas’s instrument for cementing its rule in the Gaza Strip.
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The Palestinian security services carry out intensive security activity in the Hebron district (Update and implications)

Issued on 30/10/2008 Type Article
In recent weeks the Palestinian security services have carried out intensive security activity in the Hebron district, one part of a broad three-stage security operation.
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Hamas has lately regulated the flourishing tunnel industry in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 29/10/2008 Type Article
Hamas is sending a message to the media that smuggling goods from Egypt is a way of lifting the Israeli “blockade,” ignoring the continued smuggling of weapons and terrorist operatives.
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News of Terrorism and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict October 19-28, 2008

Issued on 28/10/2008 Type Article
The focus of terrorist events this week was the fatal stabbing of an 86-year old Israeli man in the Gilo section of southern Jerusalem. In Judea and Samaria there were many instances of Molotov cocktails thrown at Israeli security forces.
This past week close to 600 security forces of the Palestinian Authority deployed in the Hebron district.
Violations of the lull arrangement continued in the Gaza Strip. On October 21 a rocket was fired at the western Negev, in response to which Israel closed the Gaza Strip crossings for a day.
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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."