The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 24-April 6, 2010)

Issued on 06/04/2010 Type Article
During the past two weeks rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory increased. There were two prominent incidents, one in which an IDF officer and soldier were killed (March 26) and one in which a Thai worker was killed in a village in the western Negev (March 18). Hamas continues its policy of restraint and attempts to impose it on the rogue organizations, not always successfully. Violent demonstrations continued in Judea and Samaria, and Palestinians continued throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles. Spokesmen for the Palestinian Authority encourage such behavior as part of what they call the “popular resistance,” but proclaim their objection to turning it into an armed conflict like the second intifada. Even as Palestinians rioted, Salam Fayyad, Palestinian prime minister, repeated his plan to establish the institutions and infrastructure for a Palestinian state (from the bottom up), to be implemented by the middle of 2011.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 16-23, 2010)

Issued on 24/03/2010 Type Article
This past week there was a significant increase in the amount of rocket fire which targeted the western Negev. However, there was a decrease in the rioting in Jerusalem, Hebron and other points of friction in Judea and Samaria.
This past week anti-Israeli incitement continued in the Palestinian Authority, even as the PA tried to contain the riots and prevent them from spinning out of control. Spokesmen affiliated with the PA reported in the media that the Palestinians did not seek a third intifada but continued the popular struggle.

Turning Shaheeds into Role Models: Fatah unofficially inaugurated the Dalal al-Magribi Square in Al-Bireh, named after a Fatah terrorist who participated in the mass-murder attack on Israel’s Coastal Road (1978)

Issued on 21/03/2010 Type Article
Three months ago the Palestinian Authority announced that on March 11, 2010, an official ceremony would be held in the town of Al-Bireh (in the vicinity Ramallah) to inaugurate the Dalal al-Magribi Square.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 10-16, 2010)

Issued on 17/03/2010 Type Article
After three weeks of quiet in the western Negev, two rockets were fired into Israeli territory this past week. After three weeks of quiet in the western Negev, two rockets were fired into Israeli territory this past week. Jerusalem remained a focus of unrest and rioting, accompanied by a Hamas and Fatah incitement campaign. The dedication on March 15 of the rebuilt Hurva synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City was exploited to incite the Palestinian public with the false claim that Israel was going to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque and build the Third Temple in its stead. Senior figures in the Palestinian Authority used the current crisis over building housing units in Ramat Shlomo in north Jerusalem to increase the pressure on Israel. Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli government’s decision to build in Ramat Shlomo was a “severe blow” to the efforts made during the past months to relaunch the indirect negotiations.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 3-9, 2010)

Issued on 09/03/2010 Type Article
The western Negev was quiet this week as well. Violent demonstrations continued in several locations in Judea and Samaria, which included throwing stones at IDF forces. The peak of the incidents took place on the Temple Mount, where for the first time in many years stones were thrown at Jewish worshippers at the Wailing Wall
On March 8, the US administration announced that Israel and the PA had agreed to resume the political process through proximity talks.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 24 – March 2, 2010)

Issued on 02/03/2010 Type Article
Riots and public disturbances continued in Hebron this past week, a response to the Israeli government’s declaration of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb as national heritage sites. The riots spread to the Temple Mount and various neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. The leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas met with top-ranking Iranian and Syrian figures during Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s visit to Damascus and during the Palestinian solidarity conference held in Tehran. Ahmadinejad exploited the events to call for the destruction of the State of Israel (“the Zionist entity”) and the establishment of a “Middle East without Zionism.”
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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."