The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 9 – 15, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack at the Nablus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem and an attempted stabbing attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Eyal Zamir, commander of the IDF's Southern Command, held a press briefing near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. He said Israel would accelerate the construction of a barrier along the Gazan border.
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Hamas Summer Camps Continue Training the Younger Gazan Generation for the Armed Struggle against Israel

This year, as in previous years, summer camps were held throughout the Gaza Strip, attended by tens of thousands of Gazan children and adolescents. Most of the camps were organized by Hamas, some by other terrorist organizations and institutions.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 2 – 8, 2017)

The Temple Mount crisis has waned but popular terrorism continues: The Israel Security Agency reported the recent exposure of the transfer of funds by courier from Hamas in Turkey to the Gaza Strip and from there to Hebron. This past week King Abdallah of Jordan paid an official visit to the Muqata'a in Ramallah.
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Spotlight on Iran* (July 16 – 30, 2017)

Iran continues to react with restraint regarding the ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia. Iran has increased pressure on the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq. Given the tension on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Iranian regime issued an announcement condemning Israel’s actions in Jerusalem.
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The Crisis on the Temple Mount Overview (updated to the afternoon of July 27, 2017)

On the night of July 26, 2017, Israel dismantled the scaffolding for “smart” security cameras at the entrances to the Temple Mount, meant to be set up at a later date.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 25 – 29, 2017)

The shooting attack carried out by three Israeli Arabs, in which two Border Policemen were killed, turned into a crisis on the Temple Mount, threatening to spin out of control. The events inspired several Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks as a response to the so-called “desecration” of al-Aqsa mosque.
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The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a nationalist conflict between two peoples living in the Land of Israel: the Jewish people and the Palestinian people. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than 100 years old and has been given worldwide prominence. The roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict go back to the 19th century, when nationalist movements gained momentum around the world, among them the Zionist movement and the call to emigrate to the Land of Israel to build a national home for the Jewish People. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict took a nationalist turn and grew after the First World War. 

The issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict include the permanent borders, security arrangements, Israel’s demand for Palestinian recognition of the existence of the Jewish People, the status of the Palestinian refugees, the control of Jerusalem, the Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, the distribution of water resources and the distribution of additional resources in Judea and Samaria.

A prominent feature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the severe manifestations of violence and terrorism in the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria that have accompanied it throughout the years of its existence. The fighting is carried out by terror squads and individuals. These manifestations of violence have led to many losses and property damage on both sides.

Over the years, many attempts have been made to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most of the proposals attempted to promote a permanent solution that would involve the creation of Palestinian autonomy or an independent Palestinian state to be established alongside the State of Israel. This is known as the “two-state solution.” Another proposed solution for resolving the conflict is a “one-state solution” whereby all of the western Land of Israel, including the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria, would become a binational state. The attempts were unsuccessful due to disagreements over the nature of the solution and due to a basic lack of trust between the sides.