The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

An increase in attacks on Christian and institutions identified with the West in the Gaza Strip.

Issued on 02/06/2008 Type Article
Hamas, which controls the radical Islamic entity in the Strip, pays lip-service to condemning the attacks but does not take effective steps to stop them.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 20-27, 2008

Issued on 28/05/2008 Type Article
This week events focused on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s attempted mass-killing suicide attack at the Erez Crossing, using a truck filled with explosives.
Khaled Mashal and a delegation of high-level members of Hamas’s political bureau are currently on a visit to Iran, prompted by the indirect Israeli-Syrian negotiations and the Egyptian initiative for a lull in the fighting.

An attempted mass-killing attack was prevented when a truck carrying explosives blew up near the Erez Crossing

Issued on 23/05/2008 Type Article
During the early morning hours of May 22, a truck which reached the merchandise zone at the Erez Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip blew up. Damage was done to various structures but there were no casualties.

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation May 13-20, 2008

Issued on 21/05/2008 Type Article
Egypt is currently conducting intensive activity concerning its initiative for a lull in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. On the ground, the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue firing a large number of rockets at western Negev population centers. Especially notable was the direct Grad rocket hit on the Hutzot Mall in Ashqelon.

The Israeli security forces detained a Fatah terrorist operative from the Gaza Strip who underwent advanced military training in Iran.

Issued on 20/05/2008 Type Article
The Israeli security forces detained a Fatah terrorist operative from the Gaza Strip who underwent advanced military training in Iran. He was involved in firing rockets into Israeli territory and even expressed willingness to act as a suicide bomber.

A Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a crowded shopping mall in Ashqelon, injuring 100 people, seven of them critically.

Issued on 15/05/2008 Type Article
Recently rocket fire has increased, in all probability prompted by Hamas’s desire to force Israel into accepting the lull in the fighting on Hamas terms.
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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."