The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 21-27, 2009)

Issued on 28/04/2009 Type Article
This past week quiet continued in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. An important counterterrorism activity was the detention of a Palestinian terrorist from Khirbet Safa in the Mt. Hebron region who is suspected of stabbing a child to death in the community of Bat Ayn. This week as well the Egyptians carried out intensive activities to prevent smuggling into the Gaza Strip. On the other hand, senior Hamas figure Musa Abu Marzuq stated that the smuggling was Hamas’s “right” and that smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip would continue.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 15-21, 2009)

Issued on 21/04/2009 Type Article
This past week as well terrorist attacks of various types were carried out in different locations, apparently by lone terrorists not organized or directed by Palestinian terrorist organizations. On the diplomatic front, American envoy George Mitchell visited Jerusalem and Ramallah. During his stay, the fundamental disagreement over the two-state solution was again raised. At the Durban II conference in Geneva, Iranian president Ahmadinejad, a serial Holocaust denier and leader of a country which blatantly violates human rights, exploited the stage to vilify Israel and the United States and the West and to indulge in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The Palestinian Authority security services have recently exposed a Hamas terrorist network in Qalqilya

Issued on 20/04/2009 Type Article
The Palestinian Authority security services conduct extensive counter-activities against military-terrorist networks belonging to the Hamas movement. Recently, the security services have exposed a laboratory and workshop for manufacturing explosives in Qalqilya.

Basic disagreement concerning the two-state solution:

Issued on 20/04/2009 Type Article
the Palestinian refusal to recognize the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people has resurfaced, as it did at the Annapolis meeting

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict April 7-14, 2009

Issued on 14/04/2009 Type Article
Terrorist events this past week focused on the prevention of an attempted terrorist naval attack opposite the Gaza shore. In the Sur Baher neighborhood of Jerusalem there was another hit and run terrorist attack. The western Negev was completely quiet, with no rocket or mortar shell fire.
A Hezbollah network was exposed in Egypt. It smuggled weapons and operatives into the Gaza Strip for Hamas and planned to carry out attacks in Cairo and against tourist sites in the Sinai peninsula where Israelis congregate.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict March 31-April 7, 2009

Issued on 08/04/2009 Type Article
This past week terrorist activity focused on the axe murder of a 16 year-old boy by a Palestinian terrorist at the community of Bat Ayn in the Etzion Bloc, and the wounding of a seven year-old child. In an attack at the Shoket Junction northeast of Beersheba, a female terrorist from a nearby Bedouin village opened fire at a guard station at a Border Police Base; there were no casualties. In the western Negev, In the political arena, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the Israeli government would honor the agreements and commitments of previous governments based on the road map, but not the Annapolis process. Spokesmen for the Palestinian Authority and Hamas responded angrily, attacking Lieberman and the new Israeli government.
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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."