The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

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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The Palestinian Authority exploits the Pope’s visit to make political and propaganda capital and attack Israel, especially regarding the sovereignty over Jerusalem (updated to May 12)

The Palestinian Authority has exploited Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to make political and propaganda capital and to attack Israel on a number of issues, especially the sensitive one of sovereignty over Jerusalem.
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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 Hate Industry: the global spread of swine flu is used for anti-Semitic incitement across the Arab and Muslim world

The Hate Industry: the global spread of swine flu is used for anti-Semitic incitement across the Arab and Muslim world, targeting Jews and Zionists and accusing them of spreading the disease
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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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