The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Palestinian, Iranian and international reactions to the Human Rights Council’s decision to endorse the findings of the Goldstone Report (Update No. 1)

Issued on 20/10/2009 Type Article
After two days of deliberations (October 15-16), the Human Rights Council in Geneva endorsed the Palestinian proposal to adopt the Goldstone Report and its conclusions.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 6-12, 2009)

Issued on 13/10/2009 Type Article
This past week there was a decrease in the amount of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. The situation in Jerusalem calmed down as well. The Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas, the objectives of a vicious incitement campaign undertaken by Hamas, are actively working to bring the Goldstone Report before the UN Council for Human Rights in Geneva and before the General Assembly in New York.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 29 – 6 October)

Issued on 06/10/2009 Type Article
During the past week five rockets were fired at the western Negev, a continuation of the increase in attacks carried out by the rogue terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. In response the Israeli Air Force struck smuggling tunnels and a lathe for manufacturing weapons.
The public disturbances which began on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on the eve of Yom Kippur were renewed and spread to other neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. So far they are focused in Jerusalem and have not extended to Judea and Samaria. Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and the northern branch of the Islamic Movement of Israeli Arabs have led incitement to fan the emotional fires and make it difficult for the Israeli security forces to end the disturbances.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 22-29, 2009)

Issued on 29/09/2009 Type Article
This week the increase in rocket, mortar shell and light arms attacks from the Gaza Strip continued, carried out by “rogue” terrorist networks. The increase has been moderate because so far Hamas has not changed its policy of restraint A tripartite meeting was held in New York, attended by American President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 15-22, 2009)

Issued on 22/09/2009 Type Article
Attacks continued in the western Negev, including rocket fire and shooting at IDF soldiers and civilians near the security fence. After lengthy contacts between the United States, Israel and the Palestinians through American envoy George Mitchell, the United States announced there would be a tripartite meeting at the UN Building in New York.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict(September 8-15, 2009)

Issued on 16/09/2009 Type Article
Relative quiet continues in the western Negev. However, attacks on IDF patrols and Israeli civilians near the security fence continue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet with George Mitchell, the American envoy to the Middle East, on September 15 in an effort to make it possible for the President of the United States, the Israeli Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority to hold a trilateral summit meeting in New York.
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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."