The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict March 9-17, 2009

Issued on 18/03/2009 Type Article
This past week’s events focused on the intensive contacts in Cairo through Egyptian mediation between the Israeli negotiating team and the Hamas delegation over the deal to release abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. During the week there was a decrease in rocket and mortar shell fire from the Gaza Strip, a trend noticeable since the beginning of March. The Hamas de-facto administration publicly stated that Hamas was not involved in the rocket fire, and the media reported that Hamas’s security forces were operating to prevent rocket fire into Israeli territory.

Two Israeli policemen killed in a terrorist shooting attack in the central Jordan Valley

Issued on 16/03/2009 Type Article
At about 20:00 hours on March 15 two Israeli policemen were shot and killed in a terrorist attack on the Jordan Valley road near the community of Masua.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict March 3-9, 2009

Issued on 10/03/2009 Type Article
Events this week focused on the front-loader terrorist attack in Jerusalem, the fourth during the past year. On March 7 Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad announced he and his government were resigning.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict February 4 – March 3, 2009

Issued on 04/03/2009 Type Article
This past week there was a significant increase in the amount of rocket fire targeting western Negev populated areas, a continuation of the gradual increase since the end of Operation Cast Lead.Even as rocket fire increased, a well-attended international conference was held in Sharm el-Sheikh to collect donations for rebuilding the Gaza Strip.However, in our assessment the transfer of the funds may be difficult and problematical

The use of mosques for military and political purposes by Hamas and other terrorist organizations and Islamic groups:

Issued on 02/03/2009 Type Article
According to international laws governing of armed conflict, mosques used for military purposes lose the special protection afforded houses of worship and may become legitimate targets for attack.

Over the past few days there has been a surge in the number of rockets and mortar shells fired at Israel

Issued on 01/03/2009 Type Article
In the past several days, 42 days after the completion of Operation Cast Lead, there has been a surge in the number of rockets fired at Israel.
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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."