The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 5-12, 2009

Issued on 12/05/2009 Type Article
During the past week a number of rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western Negev. Hamas’s policy of restraint is still in effect and the number was relatively small. On May 11 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak On May 11 Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to establish a transitional government within 24 hours.
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Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al has recently addressed the issue of rocket fire and of terrorism (“resistance”) in general.

Issued on 12/05/2009 Type Article
In an interview geared towards Americans, he admitted that Hamas is currently exercising restraint in firing rockets, whereas when speaking to Palestinians, he stressed that “resistance” remained the strategic option of Hamas.
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The Hate Industry: the global spread of swine flu is used for anti-Semitic incitement across the Arab and Muslim world

Issued on 10/05/2009 Type Article
The Hate Industry: the global spread of swine flu is used for anti-Semitic incitement across the Arab and Muslim world, targeting Jews and Zionists and accusing them of spreading the disease
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The lone terrorist attacks still continue in Jerusalem and in other areas

Issued on 10/05/2009 Type Article
They are caused by a combination of factors, including incitement, supportive public atmosphere, economic difficulties, and frustrating political circumstances; however, they are probably not orchestrated by the terrorist organizations.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (April 28-May 5, 2009)

Issued on 05/05/2009 Type Article
This week several shooting attacks occurred against local communities in the western Negev, and an explosive device was detonated near the Erez Crossing. IDF Air Force fighters attacked several tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip. In a speech given for the Preparatory Committee of the Palestine Youth Parliament, Abu Mazen reiterated his objection to the recognition of Israel as the national Jewish state.
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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterates the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to recognize Israel as the national state of the Jewish people

Issued on 28/04/2009 Type Article
In a speech given to the Preparatory Committee for the Palestine Youth Parliament, which convened in Ramallah on April 27, 2009, Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen said that the Palestinians were committed to the PLO’s obligations and that they were willing to carry on with the political negotiations based on the Arab Peace Initiative, the two-state solution, and the Roadmap.
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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."