The Palestinian Authority (PA)

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 13-19, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week a Palestinian carried out a vehicular ramming attack in Qalandiya, wounding an Israeli Border Police fighter. The Gaza Strip: The Gaza Strip remains relatively quiet. Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, and his second in command arrived in the Gaza Strip and met with the Hamas leadership. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammad Shtayyeh have been urging the American administration to advance the Palestinian cause, including keeping promises made to the PA, among them the reopening of the American consulate in east Jerusalem and promoting "trust building" measures. The Palestinian terrorist prisoners: Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike to protest the sanctions imposed on them after six prisoners escaped from Gilboa Prison.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 6-12, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: This past week Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, including buses, driving on the roads. The Gaza Strip: The Hamas talks in Egypt ended. Israeli work permits for Palestinians: Following rumors about the possibility of receiving work permits for Israel, thousands of Gazans went to the offices of the bureau of commerce in Gaza to ask for them. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke with Mahmoud Abbas about developments in the Palestinian cause and the political process. The coronavirus: Active coronavirus cases continue declining in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 13-October 5, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: Between September 13 and October 5, 2021, there were three stabbing attacks, two of them in east Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip: On September 12, 2021, a rocket was fired at the Israeli communities near the border; since then the Gaza Strip has been relatively quiet. The Palestinian Authority (PA): On September 24, 2021, Mahmoud Abbas gave a prerecorded speech to the UN General Assembly. Palestinian public opinion poll: On September 21, 2021, Khalil Shaqaqi's Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR), issued the main findings of its third quarter public opinion poll. The coronavirus: In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip the number of active cases and hospitalized patients declined.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 18-24, 2021)

The Gaza Strip: After the violence at the Gaza Strip border on August 21, 2021, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations threatened they would continue exerting pressure on Israel to ease the "siege" of the Gaza Strip. Judea and Samaria: A young Palestinian tried to stab a security guard at the Jalameh Crossing in Samaria and was detained. This past week the Israeli security forces prevented terrorist attacks and confiscated weapons. The Palestinian Authority (PA): This past week Mahmoud Abbas and other members of the Palestinian leadership met with Abbas Kamel, head of Egyptian General Intelligence, and with the Japanese foreign minister.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 17-11, 2021)

Judea and Samaria: On the night of August 15, 2021, four Palestinians were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli security forces in Jenin after a Palestinian wanted for terrorist activities was detained. The Gaza Strip: On August 16, 2021, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The Palestinian Authority (PA): Israel has begun work to improve the accessibility of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron for the physically challenged by installing an elevator. The coronavirus: There has been an increase in the number of active cases of the coronavirus, especially the delta variant, in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. So far, no preventive measures have been taken.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 4-10 , 2021)

Judea and Samaria: On August 9, 2021, IDF forces prevented a stabbing attack south of Nablus. The Gaza Strip: On August 6, 2021, four fires broke out in the western Negev near the Gaza Strip, caused by incendiary balloons. In response the IDF attacked Hamas terrorist targets in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority (PA): The PA's economic crisis worsens as the government is forced to borrow funds from banks to pay the salaries of its employees. However, the PA remains scrupulous in paying the families of prisoners and shaheeds by circumventing local banks, which refuse to transfer the funds.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA)

The Palestinian Authority is a semi-autonomous entity which controls most of the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 by virtue of agreements signed as part of the Oslo process between Israel and the PLO. Formally, the Palestinian Authority also controls the Gaza Strip, but in reality it lost control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007 when Hamas violently took control. Since Yasser Arafat’s death, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has headed the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Authority’s status under Yasser Arafat was severely damaged by the Palestinian terrorist campaign (the Al-Aqsa, or Second Intifada, 2000 until 2005). Israel asserted that it failed to function since it did not fight against terrorism and even played an active role in organizing and funding terrorist attacks against Israelis. Israel ended cooperation with it and most Palestinian Authority activities came to a standstill.

After the end of the Second Intifada, Arafat’s death and his succession by Abu Mazen, Israel changed its policy towards the Palestinian Authority and the relations between them improved. Today, the Palestinian Authority controls area A in Judea and Samaria and enjoys partial cooperation with Israel, mainly in terms of security and administration. In the territories under its control, the Palestinian Authority operates through its security services, in coordination with Israel, to maintain internal order and prevent terrorist attacks. At the same time, the Palestinian Authority supports “popular resistance” (popular terrorism), providing political and even practical backing to acts of violence taking place as part of this kind of terrorism.

Many countries around the world give the Palestinian Authority some sort of recognition as a political entity, although most of them do not recognize it as a sovereign state. Some of them formalized their diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority and promoted their representatives to the status of ambassadors. On November 29, 2012, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 67/19 by a large majority. The resolution granted the Palestinian Authority a status of an observer state, which is not a full member.