The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

New Palestinian Authority Government Headed by Salam Fayyad (Initial Report)

Issued on 21/05/2009 Type Article
On May 19, 2009, the new Palestinian Authority government, headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (who continues as finance minister) was sworn in.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 12-18, 2009

Issued on 19/05/2009 Type Article
The trend toward calm in the western Negev continued this past week, and there were no mortar shell or rocket attacks. In Judea and Samaria as well there were no terrorist attacks worth mentioning.
Nakba Day (referring to the establishment of the State of Israel, which is called “the catastrophe” by the Palestinians) was marked in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip with rallies, processions and protests.
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The Palestinian Authority exploits the Pope’s visit to make political and propaganda capital and attack Israel, especially regarding the sovereignty over Jerusalem (updated to May 12)

Issued on 13/05/2009 Type Article
The Palestinian Authority has exploited Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to make political and propaganda capital and to attack Israel on a number of issues, especially the sensitive one of sovereignty over Jerusalem.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 5-12, 2009

Issued on 12/05/2009 Type Article
During the past week a number of rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western Negev. Hamas’s policy of restraint is still in effect and the number was relatively small.
On May 11 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
On May 11 Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to establish a transitional government within 24 hours.
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Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al has recently addressed the issue of rocket fire and of terrorism (“resistance”) in general.

Issued on 12/05/2009 Type Article
In an interview geared towards Americans, he admitted that Hamas is currently exercising restraint in firing rockets, whereas when speaking to Palestinians, he stressed that “resistance” remained the strategic option of Hamas.
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The Hate Industry: the global spread of swine flu is used for anti-Semitic incitement across the Arab and Muslim world

Issued on 10/05/2009 Type Article
The Hate Industry: the global spread of swine flu is used for anti-Semitic incitement across the Arab and Muslim world, targeting Jews and Zionists and accusing them of spreading the disease
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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."