The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 28 – February 3, 2015)

Issued on 03/02/2015 Type Article
On January 28, 2015, Hezbollah carried out a combined anti-tank missile and mortar shell attack on IDF forces in the Har Dov region (the so-called Shebaa Farms) in the eastern sector of south Lebanon. On January 27, 2015, UNRWA announced it had run out of money to rebuild the houses of Gazans damaged in Operation Protective Edge.
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Hamas and the other terrorist organizations based in Gaza are rehabilitating the military capabilities damaged in Operation Protective Edge through extensive recruitment, the establishment of military units and intensive military training.

Issued on 02/02/2015 Type Article
Hamas, the other terrorist organizations and the security forces in the Gaza Strip have made efforts in the past months to restore military capabilities damaged during Operation Protective Edge. To that end Hamas has allotted considerable funds, manpower and equipment, despite the lack of resources in the Gaza Strip. The military buildup is particularly blatant in view of the continuing delays in the civilian reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 22-28, 2015)

Issued on 28/01/2015 Type Article
On the morning of January 27, 2015, a shooting attack took place at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, were diplomats, foreign and local government officials and tourists stay. The attack killed at least nine people. One of the Japanese hostages, whose photo was circulated by ISIS last week, has been executed. ISIS, which is holding another Japanese hostage, has threatened to execute the other Japanese hostage and the Jordanian pilot if a female terrorist held in Jordan is not released within 24 hours. Kurdish sources reported that the YPG militias have managed to liberate the whole city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 21 –27, 2015)

Issued on 27/01/2015 Type Article
This past week terrorist events focused on the stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus. Nine people were wounded, four of them critically. A public opinion poll taken at the beginning of December 2014 by the Palestinian Center Policy and Survey Research headed by Dr. Khalil Shikaki clearly indicated Palestinian public support for Hamas and its policies.
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Stabbing Attack on Tel Aviv Bus Wounds Nine, Some in Critical Condition: Stabbing attacks are a widespread modus operandi, relatively easy to carry out, part of the so-called "popular resistance" in Judea and Samaria and sometimes filter into Israel.

Issued on 25/01/2015 Type Article
On January 21, 2015, a Palestinian terrorist carried out a stabbing attack on a crowded bus in Tel Aviv en route from Bat Yam (a city south of Tel Aviv) to Tel Aviv University (crossing the center of the city). According to reports from Magen David Adom, nine people were wounded, four of them critically and three seriously.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 7 – 13, 2015)

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Israel's south remains quiet. In Judea, Samaria and the Jerusalem terrorist attacks and violence continue. Prominent this past week were stabbing attacks. This past week tension increased between Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas (separately) condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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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."