The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 25 - September 1, 2009)

Issued on 02/09/2009 Type Article
This past week there was a slight increase of attacks initiated by terrorist networks operating in the Gaza Strip. A rocket was fired at the western Negev and in two separate incidents Israeli civilians working near the Gaza security fence were shot at. In response the Israeli Air Force attacked a tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip.

Exposure of a Hezbollah network in Egypt: state of affairs, implications, and reactions in Egypt and in the Arab and Muslim world

Issued on 27/08/2009 Type Article
In late 2008, Egyptian security services exposed a Hezbollah network which operated on Egyptian soil.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 18-25, 2009)

Issued on 25/08/2009 Type Article
In the northern Gaza Strip the IDF opened fire at three suspicious Palestinians who were apparently trying to plant an IED near the security fence, killing one. Following the incident two mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory. In response the Israeli Air Force attacked a tunnel to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip from Egypt.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 12-18, 2009)

Issued on 18/08/2009 Type Article
This week the sixth Fatah conference ended with the election of the Central Committee and the Revolutionary Council, Fatah’s two most important institutions. On the ground, relative quiet continued in the western Negev. On August 14 inside the Gaza Strip an exceptional event occurred in Rafah when Hamas’ security forces confronted operatives of an Islamist network affiliated with Al-Qaeda called Jund Ansar Allah.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 4-11, 2009)

Issued on 11/08/2009 Type Article
This past week one rocket hit was identified in an open area near an Israeli village in the western Negev, the first in three weeks.
The Fatah conference which opened on August 4 ended on August 9 with elections for the movement’s the central committee and revolutionary council. Before the elections there were interpersonal struggles between the old guard, the middle generation and the younger generation. The middle generation gained strength at the expense of the old guard. Mahmoud Abbas was reelected as movement chairman; there were no other candidates.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 28-August 4, 2009)

Issued on 04/08/2009 Type Article
The relative calm in the western Negev continues. This week’s events focused on the sixth general Fatah convention which began on August 4. Hamas, on the other hand, continues smiling at the United States and the West, using softened rhetoric completely different from the extremist language employed when speaking to the Palestinians.
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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."