The Palestinian Authority (PA)

News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation (August 26-September 2, 2008)

This week, the lull has been upheld with no violations by the terrorist organizations. Israel has reopened the crossings to the Gaza Strip, which were closed down following last week’s rocket fire. The Egyptians allowed the Rafah crossing to open for a short period of time as a gesture for the month of Ramadan. There
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As part of the Gaza Strip military buildup, women are trained for combat and for suicide bombing attacks.

Hamas and the PIJ allowed media coverage of female combatants during the lull in the fighting. Such public messages are designed to deter Israel from entering the Gaza Strip in the future.
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The Israeli security forces have recently exposed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) squad in the Ramallah region which included two Israeli Arabs.

The squad was well prepared for an attack on an IDF roadblock north of Ramallah; it also drew up initial plans for assassinations of senior Israeli officials.
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Summer camps in the Gaza Strip run by Hamas and other terrorist organizations inculcate youngsters with radical Islamic ideology and the culture of terrorism.

Every year Hamas and other terrorist networks organize summer camps in the for Palestinians youngsters from the age of kindergarten to university. The camps indoctrinate them with radical Islamic ideology and the organizations’ culture of terrorism (“the resistance”). It is part of a continuing process, which begins in kindergarten and ends with university students, to
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News of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 19-26, 2008)

The lull arrangement was violated once again this week by two incidents in which three rockets were fired at Israel. Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Egypt and met with President Mubarak in order to promote the release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. On August 25, 2008, Israel released 199 Palestinian prisoners; two of them had
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Hamas and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations are taking advantage of the lull in the fighting to promote their military buildup, which includes intensive training, in preparation for the day after

Since the lull arrangement first became effective (June 19, 2008), there has been a meaningful decrease in the volume of rocket fire and mortar shelling at Israeli population centers in the western Negev. Likewise, the IDF has halted its counterterrorist activities in the Gaza Strip.
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