The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 8-15, 2008

Issued on 15/07/2008 Type Article
In general the lull arrangement is being maintained although there are still sporadic violations, especially from Fatah networks. On July 15 a large majority of the Israeli government voted in favor of the prisoner exchange deal, The deal is expected to be carried out at Rosh Hanikra, on the Israeli-Lebanese border, on July 16

The war on financing terrorism:

Issued on 15/07/2008 Type Article
Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed an order outlawing 36 global “Union of Good” Islamic funds which raise money for Hamas institutions in the Palestinian Authority-administered territories. The money supports Hamas in building a political alternative to the PA and maintain a terrorism-supporting system.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 1-8, 2008

Issued on 09/07/2008 Type Article
This past week the Palestinian terrorist organizations violated the lull arrangement four times by firing rockets, mortar shells and light weapons. In response, Israel reclosed the Gaza Strip crossings. Hamas continues showing interest in maintaining the arrangement

Mass-casualty terrorist attack on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem.

Issued on 04/07/2008 Type Article
Mass-casualty terrorist attack on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. The terrorist was a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem who used a bulldozer to smash cars and kill three civilians.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation June 24- July 1, 2008

Issued on 02/07/2008 Type Article
The lull arrangement (which went into effect on June 19) remains in force despite sporadic rocket and mortar shell fire from the Gaza Strip. Fatah and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for two of the attacks. This week a majority vote in the Israeli government authorized the prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah, two years after the second Lebanon war.

Implementing the lull arrangement (Updated to June 29, 4 p.m.)

Issued on 29/06/2008 Type Article
Despite the lull arrangement, sporadic rocket and mortar shell fire has continued, carried out by rogue terrorist organizations using the excuse of Israeli violations. Most conspicuous among those networks are the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and groups within Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the Gaza Strip. The objective of the rocket and mortar shell fire is not only to protest so-called Israeli violations of the arrangement but to make Hamas aware of their reservations regarding the lull, especially the fact that it does not include Judea and Samaria. As in the past, internal Palestinian rivalries and power struggles make it difficult to fully implement the lull arrangement, even though Hamas has a vested interest in its implementation and the other terrorist organizations pay lip service to honoring it.
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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."