General Information

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 12-18, 2009

The trend toward calm in the western Negev continued this past week, and there were no mortar shell or rocket attacks. In Judea and Samaria as well there were no terrorist attacks worth mentioning. Nakba Day (referring to the establishment of the State of Israel, which is called “the catastrophe” by the Palestinians) was marked
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict May 5-12, 2009

During the past week a number of rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western Negev. Hamas’s policy of restraint is still in effect and the number was relatively small. On May 11 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak On May 11 Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to establish
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Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al has recently addressed the issue of rocket fire and of terrorism (“resistance”) in general.

In an interview geared towards Americans, he admitted that Hamas is currently exercising restraint in firing rockets, whereas when speaking to Palestinians, he stressed that “resistance” remained the strategic option of Hamas.
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The lone terrorist attacks still continue in Jerusalem and in other areas

They are caused by a combination of factors, including incitement, supportive public atmosphere, economic difficulties, and frustrating political circumstances; however, they are probably not orchestrated by the terrorist organizations.
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Iran and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism in the annual report on terrorism issued by the US Department of State

The US Department of State’s annual report on terrorism, published in April 2009, dedicates a separate chapter to state sponsors of terrorism.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (April 28-May 5, 2009)

This week several shooting attacks occurred against local communities in the western Negev, and an explosive device was detonated near the Erez Crossing. IDF Air Force fighters attacked several tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip. In a speech given for the Preparatory Committee of the Palestine Youth Parliament, Abu Mazen reiterated his objection to the
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