General Information

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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 24-30, 2009

Quiet in the western Negev continued this past week, and no rockets or mortar shells were fired into Israel. June 25 marked the third anniversary of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the news items regarding Gilad Shalit were incorrect and might even be harmful. Fatah and
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 15-23, 2009

Hamas’s policy of restraint regarding rocket and mortar shell fire continued this past week as well, and no attacks were carried out against the western Negev. On June 21, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak and members of the Egyptian higher echelons. Mahmoud Abbas met with Syrian President Bashar
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The Gaza Strip after Operation Cast Lead: The rebuilding of the civilian and military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip carried out by Hamas. At the same time, Hamas continues entrenching its control of the Gaza Strip.

Operation Cast Lead caused severe damage to Hamas’s military, security, administrative and civilian structures in the Gaza Strip, as well as to the infrastructure and public installations from or near which Hamas operated during the fighting. In the six months since the fighting ended, Hamas has made an effort to restore its internal security forces
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