The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Operation Cast Lead Update No. 14

Issued on 14/01/2009 Type Article
IDF forces continued expanding the ground operation, reaching the outskirts of Gaza City, exposing and destroying terrorist infrastructure facilities.

Operation Cast Lead Update No. 13

Issued on 13/01/2009 Type Article
IDF reserve forces joined the ground forces fighting in the Gaza Strip, making it possible to slowly extend the ground action during the current phase.

Operation Cast Lead - Update No. 12

Issued on 12/01/2009 Type Article
During the current phase of the ground operation, IDF forces reinforced with reserve soldiers (integrated into the operation for the first time) have extended their searches and hit the military-terrorist infrastructure more deeply.

Hamas hides the casualties suffered by its operatives: Hamas’s main online forum censors the publication of names and photographs of operatives killed in Operation Cast Lead

Issued on 12/01/2009 Type Article
On January 10, at 21:41, all web surfers on Hamas’s PALDF forum (the movement’s main message board) received a message from a user nicknamed “Samed” (“He who stands firm”).

Operation Cast Lead - Update No. 11

Issued on 11/01/2009 Type Article
On January 3, IDF infantry, armored, engineering and artillery forces entered the Gaza Strip with backup from the sea and air.

Rockets hit Western Galilee, initial report

Issued on 09/01/2009 Type Article
On the morning of January 8 (at approximately 07:45), 4 rockets were fired from the western sector of south Lebanon at the Western Galilee.
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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."