The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The erosion of the lull arrangement continues:

Issued on 30/11/2008 Type Article
The erosion of the lull arrangement continues: following the death of a terrorist squad operative in an IDF preventive activity, the terrorist organizations fired mortar shells into Israel, one of which hit the IDF base near Nahal Oz. Eight soldiers were wounded, one of them critically.

News of Terrorism and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict November 18-25, 2008

Issued on 26/11/2008 Type Article
The erosion of the lull arrangement continued this past week with sporadic daily rocket and mortar shell fire. Hamas spokesmen publicly announced the movement’s readiness to continue the arrangement until December, but in the meantime they do not impose a complete cease fire on the other terrorist organizations.
In the internal Palestinian arena, Mahmoud Abbas was elected “president of the Palestinian state.”

Recently, Hezbollah conducted a military exercise north and south of the Litani River, blatantly violating Resolution 1701.

Issued on 24/11/2008 Type Article
The exercises conducted by Hezbollah since the second Lebanon war are intended to send a message of strength to Israel and to the Lebanese government, emphasizing Hezbollah’s role as “the defender of Lebanon”.

Iran and Hamas declare digital war against Israel

Issued on 20/11/2008 Type Article
Hamas recently participated in a digital communications exhibition in Tehran and was involved in establishing a group calling itself “The Digital Intifada.” Its objective was to develop websites to fight Israel and encourage the criminal activity of hacking Israeli websites.

During the recent rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, the Army of the Nation, an organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for rocket fire targeting the western Negev and Ashqelon.

Issued on 20/11/2008 Type Article
Since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip, radical Islamic organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda have increased their political and operational activities.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict November 11-18, 2008

Issued on 19/11/2008 Type Article
This week daily rocket and mortar shell fire from the Gaza Strip continued against western Negev population centers, including the cities of Sderot and Ashqelon. The IDF carried out counterterrorism activities which included attacking terrorist squads planting IEDs near the border security fence and firing rockets and mortar shells into Israel. On the public front Hamas claims its policies are not meant to end the lull arrangement but to provide “equal responses” to what it calls “Israel’s violations.” Israeli officials have stated that Israel is interested in continuing the lull, and Egypt also supports the lull arrangement.
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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."