The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict January 27 – February 3, 2009

Issued on 04/02/2009 Type Article
The two weeks since the end of Operation Cast Lead have clearly illustrated the fragility of the ceasefire and the explosiveness of the post-war situation. Egypt continues its efforts to have its initiative accepted. Senior Hamas figures have told the media that there is still a considerable gap between Israel’s and Hamas’s positions.
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Israeli Air Force Film Clips Show Use Hamas Makes of Gazan Civilians as Human Shields

Issued on 03/02/2009 Type Article
The following film clips were photographed during an Israeli Air Force attack against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. They clearly show how terrorist squads fighting the IDF and launching rockets into Israel position themselves near houses, mosques and educational institutions, endangering the lives of local residents.
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Shaky Ceasefire: Since the end of Operation Cast Lead, the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have violated the ceasefire 12 times.

Issued on 01/02/2009 Type Article
In our assessment, Hamas wants quiet in the Gaza Strip but so far does not deter the other organizations.
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Gazans Tell How Hamas Used Them As Human Shields:

Issued on 29/01/2009 Type Article
Among others, an ambulance driver said that during Operation Cast Lead Hamas operatives used ambulances to leave battle sites, a tactic
familiar from the past
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The Battle for Hearts and Minds The Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip is collecting “evidence” for a future prosecution of Israeli public figures for so-called “war crimes”

Issued on 28/01/2009 Type Article
The Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip is collecting “evidence” for a future prosecution of Israeli public figures for so-called “war crimes” and to strengthen the narrative of its “victory” in Operation Cast Lead.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict January 20-27, 2009

Issued on 27/01/2009 Type Article
During the morning hours of January 27 a terrorist attack was carried out in the Kissufim area in the central Gaza strip, the first attack since Operation Cast Lead ended. Life in the Gaza Strip is slowly returning to normal. Large amounts of humanitarian aid are delivered through the Gaza Strip crossings from both Israel and Egypt; This past week Hamas made a conspicuous effort to produce a “victory narrative

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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."