The Palestinian Authority (PA)

Ismail Haniyeh Portrait of the Hamas candidate for Palestinian prime minister

On February 21, 2006, Abu Mazen, the Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman, instructed Ismail Haniyeh, who led the Hamas faction to a sweeping victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, to form, for the first time in the PA’s history, a Hamas-led government. The following is a portrait of Ismail Haniyeh, probably the PA’s next Prime
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. February 1-15, 2006, (Update)

Three weeks after Hamas’ sweeping victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, the movement is trying to maneuver between its extremist positions and the exigencies of political reality. So far, Hamas has responded in two ways: for the Palestinians and Arab/Muslim world, they continue making it clear that they have no intention of changing their
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Profile of the Hamas movement

Hamas’ victory in the elections is without a doubt an earth-shattering event on the internal Palestinian scene, whose shockwaves are expected to wash over Arab countries and reach throughout the Muslim world. It is the first time that the Middle East has seen the rise to power of a radical Islamic movement with a terrorist-operative
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 16-31, 2006)

The focal point of the events of the past two weeks was the sweeping Hamas victory (and the concomitant resounding Fatah defeat) in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections. It symbolized a historic reversal and indicated fundamental changes in the Palestinian socio-political system. In our assessment, the shock waves will be felt in the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (January 1-15, 2006)

Terrorist elements in Lebanon continue their attempts to send arms and ammunition to terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. The escalation of Qassam rocket fire on Israeli populated areas in the Negev, begun in the previous month, continues. The IDF persisted with its preventive activities, which included shooting at the launching sites and their
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation December 16-31, 2005

During the second half of December Palestinian terrorism continued escalating. An IDF officer was killed in a suicide bombing attack at a checkpoint by two suicide bombers who were on their way to Israel, and an Israeli civilian was killed when his car was shot in the southern Hebron hills. There was also a significant
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