The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli security forces have recently exposed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) squad in the Ramallah region which included two Israeli Arabs.

Issued on 31/08/2008 Type Article
The squad was well prepared for an attack on an IDF roadblock north of Ramallah; it also drew up initial plans for assassinations of senior Israeli officials.
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Summer camps in the Gaza Strip run by Hamas and other terrorist organizations inculcate youngsters with radical Islamic ideology and the culture of terrorism.

Issued on 28/08/2008 Type Article
Every year Hamas and other terrorist networks organize summer camps in the for Palestinians youngsters from the age of kindergarten to university. The camps indoctrinate them with radical Islamic ideology and the organizations’ culture of terrorism (“the resistance”). It is part of a continuing process, which begins in kindergarten and ends with university students, to turn the children into at least supporters and if possible, operatives in the various terrorist organizations.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 19-26, 2008)

Issued on 27/08/2008 Type Article
The lull arrangement was violated once again this week by two incidents in which three rockets were fired at Israel. Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Egypt and met with President Mubarak in order to promote the release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. On August 25, 2008, Israel released 199 Palestinian prisoners; two of them had been involved with killing Israelis and had served lengthy prison terms. The release was a gesture towards Abu Mazen on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came to Israel on a work trip on August 25.
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Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations are taking advantage of the lull in the fighting to promote their military buildup, which includes intensive training, in preparation for the day after

Issued on 20/08/2008 Type Article
Since the lull arrangement first became effective (June 19, 2008), there has been a meaningful decrease in the volume of rocket fire and mortar shelling at Israeli population centers in the western Negev. Likewise, the IDF has halted its counterterrorist activities in the Gaza Strip.
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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict August 12-19, 2008

Issued on 19/08/2008 Type Article
The lull arrangement was preserved this week as well with the continuation of sporadic rocket fire. Deliveries of goods continued uninterrupted through the Gaza Strip crossings, and the Kerem Shalom crossing was reopened after having been closed in late April following a terrorist attack. No progress was made regarding the release of the Gilad Shalit, the abducted Israeli soldier.
This week the Israeli government decided to release 200 Palestinian prisoners and detainees, two of them who had been involved in killing Israelis, as a goodwill gesture to Abu Mazen.
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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict August 5-12, 2008

Issued on 12/08/2008 Type Article
This past week there were three rocket violations of the lull arrangement. Delivery of merchandise from Israel to the Gaza Strip through the crossings continued uninterrupted. No progress was made in the negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit or in contacts for the opening of the Rafah crossing.
In the internal Palestinian arena, violent confrontations between Hamas and Fatah stopped. Hamas is working to calm the situation and improve its image.
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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."