The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 22-29, 2009)

Issued on 29/12/2009 Type Article
This past week events focused on the shooting attack in which an Israeli civilian was killed. Two days later an IDF force entered the Kasbah (old city) in Nablus to detain the terrorists who had carried out the attack in Samaria. Hamas initiated a media campaign in response to Egypt’s building a barrier along its border with the Gaza Strip (referred to by Hamas as “the wall”).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 15-22, 2009)

Issued on 22/12/2009 Type Article
This past week two rockets fell in the western Negev. Hamas continued its policy of terrorist activity restraint.
The negotiations for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit are at a crossroads. Hamas expects to be informed of the Israeli position to make its own decisions.
The PLO’s Central Council voted to continue Mahmoud Abbas’ term as “president” of the Palestinian Authority.
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A Hamas “ministry of justice” committee called Al-Tawthiq (Documentation) claims to be behind the arrest warrant issued in Britain for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Issued on 18/12/2009 Type Article
It is part of the Hamas campaign to pursue Israelis in Europe in the name of the victims of Operation Cast Lead.
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The 22nd Anniversary of the Founding of Hamas

Issued on 16/12/2009 Type Article
Last week Hamas celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Hamas promoted various events, among them rallies, marches and ceremonies.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 8-15, 2009)

Issued on 15/12/2009 Type Article
This week sporadic rocket fire continued from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev as Hamas continued it policy of restraint. The focus of the week’s events was the torching of the mosque in the village of Yasuf (south of Nablus), apparently by right-wing extremists from Samaria. It was strongly denounced by both Israel’s prime minister and president. Hamas celebrated the 22nd anniversary of its founding. It held a mass rally in Gaza City, which turned into an impressive show of strength.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 1-8, 2009)

Issued on 08/12/2009 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in the western Negev. An IDF patrol was attacked with RPG and light arms fire near the security fence in the central Gaza Strip. There was intensive activity in Judea and Samaria of stone- and Molotov cocktail-throwing.
Political activity focused on the Swedish initiative to determine a time frame for establishing a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders and [East] Jerusalem as its capital

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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."