The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict March 25-April 1, 2008

Issued on 01/04/2008 Type Article
Events this week focused on the “package” of eased restrictions presented by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad . On the ground Qassam rocket fire from the Gaza Strip was “routine” with the exception of a barrage of 22 rockets fired on March 26, for which the Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed most of the responsibility.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 18-25, 2008

Issued on 25/03/2008 Type Article
During the past week there was less rocket fire from the Gaza Strip than in previous weeks. Shootings, attacks involving Molotov cocktails and stone-throwing continued in Judea and Samaria.
Ongoing talks between Hamas and Egypt as to the lull in the fighting and the operation of the Rafah Crossing have not yet born fruit. The dialogue initiated by the president of Yemen between Hamas and Fatah, , ended with a joint declaration whose interpretation is a matter of controversy.

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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 11-18, 2008

Issued on 18/03/2008 Type Article
The most significant event of the past week was the killing of five Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist operatives, four of them from Bethlehem and one from the region of Jenin. The PIJ and other terrorist organizations escalated rocket attacks on Sderot and western Negev population centers following a few days of relative quiet.
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Throughout the recent escalation, the Palestinian propaganda campaign has frequently employed the term “holocaust” to provide a false description of IDF activity in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 12/03/2008 Type Article
The propaganda campaign has evoked strong anti-Israeli sentiments across the Arab and Muslim world.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation March 4-11, 2008

Issued on 12/03/2008 Type Article
On March 6, 2008, as the latest round of escalation from the Gaza Strip began to fade, two deadly terrorist attacks were carried out: in one, a mass-casualty attack in Jerusalem, a terrorist from East Jerusalem shot eight students to death at Yeshivat Mercaz Ha’Rav. In the other, which occurred near the security fence around the Gaza Strip, two IDF soldiers were killed by an IED detonated by remote control.
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Terrorist shooting at Yeshivat Mercaz Ha’Rav in Jerusalem leaves eight students dead.

Issued on 10/03/2008 Type Article
Terrorist shooting at Yeshivat Mercaz Ha’Rav in Jerusalem leaves eight students dead. The terrorist who shot them was an Arab living in East Jerusalem who carried an Israeli identity card. The identity of the organization behind the attack is currently unknown.
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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."