General Information

The Six Months of the Lull Arrangement

On June 17, 2008, after several months of indirect contacts between Israel and Hamas through Egyptian mediators, Egypt and Hamas individually announced that a lull arrangement (tahadiya) had been reached between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and it would go into effect at 0600 hours on the morning of June 19.
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Recently, Hezbollah conducted a military exercise north and south of the Litani River, blatantly violating Resolution 1701.

The exercises conducted by Hezbollah since the second Lebanon war are intended to send a message of strength to Israel and to the Lebanese government, emphasizing Hezbollah’s role as “the defender of Lebanon”.
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Jerusalem as a focus for terrorism:

Another mass-casualty attack using a construction vehicle, part of a trend of increasing terrorist activity in Jerusalem.
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Mass-casualty terrorist attack on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem.

Mass-casualty terrorist attack on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. The terrorist was a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem who used a bulldozer to smash cars and kill three civilians.
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A Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a crowded shopping mall in Ashqelon, injuring 100 people, seven of them critically.

Recently rocket fire has increased, in all probability prompted by Hamas’s desire to force Israel into accepting the lull in the fighting on Hamas terms.
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Five days of escalation in the Gaza Strip:

Five days of escalation in the Gaza Strip: a total of 180 rockets fired. Greater numbers of standard, factory-manufactured Grad rockets continuously hit Ashqelon. IDF forces operate in the northern Gaza Strip and air strikes against terrorist targets continue. Two IDF soldiers and 80 Palestinians (most of them terrorists) killed.
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