The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Renewed escalation of Hamas rocket fire at western Negev towns and villages (Summary of events, February 5-7)

Issued on 07/02/2008 Type Article
Two weeks after the last escalation in the fighting between Hamas and Israel, a new one began. Hamas carried out a suicide bombing attack in Dimona using a squad of terrorist operatives from Hebron and stepped up the rocket fire at Ashqelon, Sderot and the western Negev towns and villages .
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A group called “Army of the Nation, Jerusalem” is yet another global jihad offshoot in the Gaza Strip

Issued on 07/02/2008 Type Article
A group called “Army of the Nation, Jerusalem” is yet another global jihad offshoot in the Gaza Strip. Since the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip, there has been an increase in the propaganda and terrorist activities carried out by radical Islamic groups associated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad
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Israeli Embassy attacked by gunmen in Mauritania.

Issued on 06/02/2008 Type Article
The shots were apparently fired by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a branch of the global jihad. The attack was carried out on the background of Islamist pressures on Mauritania’s government to sever diplomatic relations with Israel.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation January 30-February 5, 2008

Issued on 06/02/2008 Type Article
Events this past week focused on the suicide bombing attack in the southern city of Dimona, which killed one resident and wounded a number of others, one of them critically. The attack was carried out by Hamas a terrorist squad from Hebron.
In the early morning hours of February 3, after 12 days during which Gazans poured into Egypt, Egyptian security forces in collaboration with Hamas closed the breaches in the border fence.
The Palestinian terrorist organizations exploited the collapse of the fence to smuggle large quantities of weapons into the Gaza Strip, including standard long-range rockets and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
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Suicide bombing attack in the Dimona commercial center kills one city resident and wounds many.

Issued on 05/02/2008 Type Article
Suicide bombing attack in the Dimona commercial center kills one city resident and wounds many. Although a number of terrorist organizations claimed responsibility, it was apparently carried out by a Hamas terrorist squad from Hebron.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation January 22-29, 2008

Issued on 30/01/2008 Type Article
Events this past week focused on two shootings and a stabbing in Judea and Samaria. A border policeman was killed and a woman policeman critically wounded in a shooting near the Shoafat refugee camp north of Jerusalem. Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are clear proof that the Judea and Samaria terrorist organizations’ operational networks continue their terrorist activity against Israel.
A new situation was created on the ground along the Egyptian-Gazan border when the border fence along the Philadelphi route was breached in several spots. In our assessment, it was a move which was well-planned in advance by Hamas.
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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."