The Palestinian Authority (PA)

Strong criticism was heard in Lebanon following the celebrations marking the return of Hezbollah’s prisoners, notably Samir Kuntar.

Hezbollah was accused of seeking to establish a radical Islamic country of “resistance” (terrorism) in Lebanon, ruled by Iran and exposed to harsh retaliatory measures from Israel.
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 22-29, 2008

This past week the lull arrangement was maintained. The terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip refrained from firing at the western Negev towns and villages, and there was a steady from of merchandise into the Gaza Strip. Normal daily life in the Gaza Strip was interrupted by a series of explosions killing and wounding both
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One month into the lull in the fighting: an interim report (as at July 23)

The lull in the fighting became effective on June 19, 2008, at 06:00. The core elements of the lull arrangement are the cessation of terrorism from the Gaza Strip, the cessation of IDF’s counter-activities in the Gaza Strip, and the opening of the crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The ceasefire along the Israeli-Gaza
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Jerusalem as a focus for terrorism:

Another mass-casualty attack using a construction vehicle, part of a trend of increasing terrorist activity in Jerusalem.
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News of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict July 15-22, 2008

The lull arrangement is preserving the quiet in the western Negev, exploited by Hamas to continue its military buildup. A terrorist from southeast Jerusalem went on a rampage in Jerusalem, again using a construction vehicle for an intended mass-casualty attack, the second this month. Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip joined the festivities
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 8-15, 2008

In general the lull arrangement is being maintained although there are still sporadic violations, especially from Fatah networks. On July 15 a large majority of the Israeli government voted in favor of the prisoner exchange deal, The deal is expected to be carried out at Rosh Hanikra, on the Israeli-Lebanese border, on July 16
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