The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict September 23-28, 2008

Issued on 28/09/2008 Type Article
Jerusalem continues as a focus for Palestinian terrorism as the lull arrangement in the Gaza Strip continues. A terrorist cell of East Jerusalem residents was recently uncovered. Palestinian Authority chairman Abu Mazen visited the United States, meeting with President Bush and attending UN General Assembly and Security Council deliberations.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict September 16-24, 2008

Issued on 23/09/2008 Type Article
The focus of this week’s events was another terrorist attack in Jerusalem carried out by a Palestinian using a vehicle. It occurred on the night of September 22. The terrorist was a resident of East Jerusalem, who sped a main street in Jerusalem in a car and rammed into a group of soldiers; The lull arrangement in the Gaza Strip was violated again when two mortar shells were fired to the north of the Karni crossing. The crossings, closed last week in response to rocket fire into Israel, were reopened on September 17. No progress was made in negotiations for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
In Judea and Samaria there was another attempt to infiltrate the settlement of Yizhar and acid was thrown at an IDF soldier at the Hawara crossing near Nablus.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation September 9-16, 2008

Issued on 17/09/2008 Type Article
This week there were two more violations of the lull arrangement. A rocket hit Sderot and an IED was detonated near the security fence. In response to the rocket fire Israel closed the crossings into the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli soldier was stabbed and critically wounded by a Palestinian at the Almog junction in the Jordan Valley. A child was stabbed by a Palestinian who infiltrated the Samarian settlement of Yizhar. The Palestinian also set fire to two buildings.


News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (September 2-9, 2008)

Issued on 10/09/2008 Type Article
The lull in the fighting has been generally upheld this week, and the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip operated without interruption. The terrorist organizations continued their extensive training programs in preparation for “the day after”. France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy delivered a letter from the father of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit to Khaled Mash’al, the head of the Hamas Political Bureau. The Palestinian security services have been conducting intensive activities against Hamas’s civilian infrastructure (da’wah) in Judea and Samaria.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (August 26-September 2, 2008)

Issued on 03/09/2008 Type Article
This week, the lull has been upheld with no violations by the terrorist organizations. Israel has reopened the crossings to the Gaza Strip, which were closed down following last week’s rocket fire. The Egyptians allowed the Rafah crossing to open for a short period of time as a gesture for the month of Ramadan. There has been no progress on the Gilad Shalit issue. Following PA Chairman Abu Mazen’s meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, the Palestinians reiterated that they would not agree to a partial settlement. Ehud Olmert announced that he sought to achieve a comprehensive agreement by late 2008, but that the agreement would not include the issue of Jerusalem..

As part of the Gaza Strip military buildup, women are trained for combat and for suicide bombing attacks.

Issued on 02/09/2008 Type Article
Hamas and the PIJ allowed media coverage of female combatants during the lull in the fighting. Such public messages are designed to deter Israel from entering the Gaza Strip in the future.
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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."