The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 13-20, 2008

Issued on 21/05/2008 Type Article
Egypt is currently conducting intensive activity concerning its initiative for a lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. On the ground, the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue firing a large number of rockets at western Negev population centers. Especially notable was the direct Grad rocket hit on the Hutzot Mall in Ashqelon.

The Israeli security forces detained a Fatah terrorist operative from the Gaza Strip who underwent advanced military training in Iran.

Issued on 20/05/2008 Type Article
The Israeli security forces detained a Fatah terrorist operative from the Gaza Strip who underwent advanced military training in Iran. He was involved in firing rockets into Israeli territory and even expressed willingness to act as a suicide bomber.

A Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a crowded shopping mall in Ashqelon, injuring 100 people, seven of them critically.

Issued on 15/05/2008 Type Article
Recently rocket fire has increased, in all probability prompted by Hamas’s desire to force Israel into accepting the lull in the fighting on Hamas terms.

Nakba Day events in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (as of May 14, 2008)

Issued on 15/05/2008 Type Article
As Israel celebrated its 60th anniversary, Nakba Day was marked in the Palestinian Authority-administered territories to commemorate what they Palestinians call the “catastrophe” visited upon them with the establishment of the State of Israel.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 6-13, 2008

Issued on 14/05/2008 Type Article
Contacts regarding the Egyptian initiative for a lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip continued. Omar Suleiman, head of Egyptian General Intelligence came to Israel to discuss it with the Israeli leadership.
As the contacts continue, so does a high level of rocket and mortar shell fire, which this past week resulted in the deaths of two Israeli civilians. In the meantime, Hama continues threatening to escalate its attacks if Israel rejects the conditions for the lull and if the blockade of the Gaza Strip is not lifted

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation April 29-May 6, 2008

Issued on 06/05/2008 Type Article
The main event of this past week was the agreement reached in principle between Egypt and Hamas on April 25 about a progressively implemented lull (“Gaza first”) in the military confrontation between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas has accompanied the deliberations about the lull with threats to Israel and a media campaign of anti-Israeli incitement in preparation for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel (called the nakba, “catastrophe,” by the Palestinians). At the same time, for the third consecutive week there has been a relatively high level of rocket fire targeting western Negev towns and villages.

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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."