The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Jerusalem as a focus for terrorism:

Issued on 23/07/2008 Type Article
Another mass-casualty attack using a construction vehicle, part of a trend of increasing terrorist activity in Jerusalem.

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

Issued on 22/07/2008 Type Article
The lull arrangement is preserving the quiet in the western Negev, exploited by Hamas to continue its military buildup. A terrorist from southeast Jerusalem went on a rampage in Jerusalem, again using a construction vehicle for an intended mass-casualty attack, the second this month.
Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip joined the festivities of Hezbollah’s prisoner exchange deal. Hamas spokesmen again represented the deal as a positive precedent which would lead to the release of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel in return for the liberation of Gilad Shalit. They called upon Israel to surrender to Hamas’s conditions and threatened to abduct other soldiers.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 8-15, 2008

Issued on 15/07/2008 Type Article
In general the lull arrangement is being maintained although there are still sporadic violations, especially from Fatah networks. On July 15 a large majority of the Israeli government voted in favor of the prisoner exchange deal, The deal is expected to be carried out at Rosh Hanikra, on the Israeli-Lebanese border, on July 16

The war on financing terrorism:

Issued on 15/07/2008 Type Article
Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed an order outlawing 36 global “Union of Good” Islamic funds which raise money for Hamas institutions in the Palestinian Authority-administered territories. The money supports Hamas in building a political alternative to the PA and maintain a terrorism-supporting system.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 1-8, 2008

Issued on 09/07/2008 Type Article
This past week the Palestinian terrorist organizations violated the lull arrangement four times by firing rockets, mortar shells and light weapons. In response, Israel reclosed the Gaza Strip crossings. Hamas continues showing interest in maintaining the arrangement

Mass-casualty terrorist attack on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem.

Issued on 04/07/2008 Type Article
Mass-casualty terrorist attack on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. The terrorist was a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem who used a bulldozer to smash cars and kill three civilians.
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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."