The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Crowds of Gazans streamed into Egypt after the border fence was breached.

Issued on 23/01/2008 Type Article
It was part of a Hamas pressure campaign to open the Rafah Crossing in contravention of agreements Egypt is a party to. The open border enables the terrorist organizations to smuggle operatives and weapons into the Gaza Strip.

News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict January 15-22, 2008

Issued on 23/01/2008 Type Article
Events this past week focused on the massive Hamas rocket attack, the first since the organization took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007. In four days, there were more than 150 identified rocket hits in Israeli territory in Sderot and western Negev towns and villages.
In view of the attacks, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered a closure of the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip. .
The closing of the crossings led to a lack of fuel and basic commodities in the Gaza Strip and there were power outages.

Closing the crossings into the Gaza Strip and renewing the fuel supply – the situation on the ground as of noon, January 22, 2008.

Issued on 22/01/2008 Type Article
Following the massive barrage of Hamas rockets fired at the western Negev towns and villages from the Gaza Strip, on January 17 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip would be closed and that no merchandise or fuel would enter for a number of days.

Israeli security forces continue uncovering terrorist networks and attack terrorist operatives in Judea and Samaria involved in planning attacks against Israeli targets

Issued on 20/01/2008 Type Article
The Israeli security forces and the IDF recently exposed a terrorist operative network and killed a number of senior terrorist operatives in Judea and Samaria. Important among them was a Palestinian Islamic Jihad network uncovered in the Bethlehem region whose operatives planned to plant a bomb on the railroad tracks between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Palestinian security services, which are working to enforce law and order, do not act effectively to dismantle the terrorist networks, which continue to present a genuine threat to Israel’s security.

Two days of hard fighting in the south: Israeli counterterrorist activities and Hamas rocket attacks (January 15-16)

Issued on 17/01/2008 Type Article
January 15-16 were days of war for the Gaza Strip and the western Negev towns and villages, the worst since the Hamas takeover of the Strip (June 2007).

The Hate Industry: the Palestinian media affiliated with both Hamas, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority continue incitement against Israel.

Issued on 16/01/2008 Type Article
The Hate Industry: the Palestinian media affiliated with both Hamas, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority continue incitement against Israel. It is in direct contravention of the Palestinian commitment to the first phase of the road map.
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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."