The Palestinian Authority (PA)

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-28, 2017)

This past week there was a stabbing attack in the southern Israeli city of Arad. On November 30, 2017, in an exceptional attack, between ten and twelve mortar shells were fired at an IDF post and IDF soldiers north of the Gaza Strip. Difficulties continue in implementing the internal Palestinian reconciliation. In light of reports in the media that the president of the United States is planning to declare recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the American embassy, the PA initiated a campaign to exert pressure on the Americans.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-28, 2017)

This past week there were no significant terrorist attacks carried out in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. In the realm of internal Palestinian affairs, talks were held in Cairo by the Palestinian organizations ("the meeting of the factions"). Salah al-Bardawil, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said "the meeting of the factions" had ended with a worthless announcement and no practical measures taken. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the meeting.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 15-21, 2017)

This past week events focused on the vehicular and stabbing attack at two junctions in Gush Etzion. On November 18, 2017, the Rafah crossing opened for three days. On November 21, 2017, another round of talks began in Cairo between Fatah, Hamas and the other Palestinian organizations ("the meeting of the factions"), as stipulated in the reconciliation agreement.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 8-14, 2017)

In response to threats issued by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to exact revenge for the blowing up of its tunnel and the death of operatives, General Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), warned that if the organization attacked Israel, Israel would react with might and determination. The PIJ said in an announcement that it had the right to respond to any act of "aggression" and called Israel's threats "a declaration of war." The transfer of authority in the Gaza Strip is proceeding according to the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 1-7, 2017)

This past week in Judea and Samaria rallies, marches and demonstrations were held to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. The IDF announced it was holding the bodies of the five Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operatives who had been trapped when the IDF blew up a terrorist tunnel.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 25 – 31, 2017)

This past week events focused on Israel's blowing up a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) tunnel extending from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. Blowing up the tunnel is a clear illustration of the key problem facing Mahmoud Abbas in implementing the internal Palestinian reconciliation. On November 2, 2017, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration will be celebrated.
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