The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 7-13, 2011)

This past week terrorist events focused on another round of escalation in Israel’s south (December 8-10). It began with an Israeli Air Force attack which killed two terrorist operatives. One of them was an Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade operative, who was in the process of preparing a terrorist attack against Israel.
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Hamas evacuates its Syrian external headquarters: overview and initial analysis

In view of the instability of Bashar Assad’s regime, Hamas has begun evacuating its Syrian external headquarters. According to media reports, most of Hamas’ activists have already left Syria.
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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (November 30 – December 6, 2011)

This past week one rocket was fired into the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. In Lebanon, an organization called the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed it was not responsible for the rockets fired. Reuters reported that Hamas operatives were leaving the movement’s headquarters in Damascus and that Hamas was examining options in other Arab states
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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (November 23-29, 2011)

On the night of November 28 three rockets were fired from south Lebanon into the western Galilee. There were no casualties but property was damaged. Sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continues to plague southern Israel. This past week two rocket hits were identified in the western Negev. On November 24 Mahmoud Abbas and
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Hamas senior Mahmoud al-Zahar has recently given a vicious anti-Semitic speech to justify the elimination of Israel and the deportation of Jews from the “entire territory of Palestine”. The speech contains themes reminiscent of those found in Al-Zahar’s anti-Semitic book No Future Between Nations, found on board the Mavi Marmara.

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar gave an anti-Semitic speech shown on November 5 on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV (see Appendix I). In his speech, Al-Zahar reiterated the thesis (which was also the subject of his book) that Jews have “no future between nations”.
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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (November 16-22, 2011)

This past week two rocket hits were identified in Israeli territory. One fell near a kindergarten in the western Negev. In response Israeli aircraft struck two terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Contacts for the Egyptian-brokered meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal continue, held to bridge over areas of disagreement. Aid convoys continue to
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