General Information

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 28-August 4, 2009)

The relative calm in the western Negev continues. This week’s events focused on the sixth general Fatah convention which began on August 4. Hamas, on the other hand, continues smiling at the United States and the West, using softened rhetoric completely different from the extremist language employed when speaking to the Palestinians.
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THE OPERATION IN GAZA 27 DECEMBER 2008 – 18 JANUARY 2009

This detailed Paper discusses a range of factual and international legal issues relating to the military operation undertaken by the Israel Defence Forces (“IDF”) in Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 (the “Gaza Operation”). The Paper has been prepared at this time in order to place the Gaza Operation in its proper factual and legal context.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 21-28, 2009)

The calm in the western Negev continues. Hamas refrains from firing rockets into Israel and its senior figures emphasize for Western ears its policy of restraint. This past week the American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and American special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell both visited Israel. There has been an increasing number
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict July 14-21, 2009

The relative calm in the western Negev continued this past week. Two notable events occurred: Palestinians terrorist operatives opened fire on an IDF force patrolling along the border security fence (a frequent occurrence these past weeks) and a rocket fell south of Kibbutz Nahal Oz (without causing casualties or damage). The Fatah-Hamas dialogue has stalled.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 7-14, 2009)

This past week quiet in the western Negev continued. Mortar shell fire continued against IDF soldiers on routine patrol activities along the border security fence. At an Israeli government meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting to discuss “political and economic peace.”
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 30-July 7, 2009)

This past week as well neither rockets nor mortar shells were fired into the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. There were more frequent shooting attacks targeting IDF patrols along the border security fence than in past weeks. In the internal Palestinian arena, another round of talks ended in Cairo without making progress in the
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