The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 12-18, 2009)

Issued on 18/08/2009 Type Article
This week the sixth Fatah conference ended with the election of the Central Committee and the Revolutionary Council, Fatah’s two most important institutions. On the ground, relative quiet continued in the western Negev. On August 14 inside the Gaza Strip an exceptional event occurred in Rafah when Hamas’ security forces confronted operatives of an Islamist network affiliated with Al-Qaeda called Jund Ansar Allah.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 4-11, 2009)

Issued on 11/08/2009 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in an open area near an Israeli village in the western Negev, the first in three weeks.
The Fatah conference which opened on August 4 ended on August 9 with elections for the movement’s the central committee and revolutionary council. Before the elections there were interpersonal struggles between the old guard, the middle generation and the younger generation. The middle generation gained strength at the expense of the old guard. Mahmoud Abbas was reelected as movement chairman; there were no other candidates.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 28-August 4, 2009)

Issued on 04/08/2009 Type Article
The relative calm in the western Negev continues. This week’s events focused on the sixth general Fatah convention which began on August 4. Hamas, on the other hand, continues smiling at the United States and the West, using softened rhetoric completely different from the extremist language employed when speaking to the Palestinians.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 21-28, 2009)

Issued on 28/07/2009 Type Article
The calm in the western Negev continues. Hamas refrains from firing rockets into Israel and its senior figures emphasize for Western ears its policy of restraint. This past week the American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and American special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell both visited Israel. There has been an increasing number of reports that the measures taken by the IDF in Judea and Samaria to ease daily life of the Palestinians.

Israel on Iranian media (summary for June and the first half of July 2009)

Issued on 23/07/2009 Type Article
Iranian media and spokesmen continue to demonize Israel, accusing it of complicity with the West in plotting against Iran.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict July 14-21, 2009

Issued on 21/07/2009 Type Article
The relative calm in the western Negev continued this past week. Two notable events occurred: Palestinians terrorist operatives opened fire on an IDF force patrolling along the border security fence (a frequent occurrence these past weeks) and a rocket fell south of Kibbutz Nahal Oz (without causing casualties or damage). The Fatah-Hamas dialogue has stalled. There are continuing arguments within Fatah over its sixth conference, scheduled for Bethlehem in early August. On the outskirts of the village of Khirbet Silim, near Bint Jbeil in south Lebanon, weapons and ammunition stored by Hezbollah exploded in an abandoned building on July 14. The incident proves that Hezbollah continues strengthening its military network in the South Lebanese villages in gross violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
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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."