News Analysis - Palestinian Territories

  • 2. Abbas Shows Street Muscle (January 08, 2007)
    Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s supporters showed their strength through a massive congregation at a stadium in Gaza City and encouraged Fattah party strongman Mohammed Dahlan threaten hard-line party Hamas of reprisals.<More>

  • 3. Israel Proposes Prisoner Exchange (December 26, 2006)
    In an act of good faith, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert suggested that his government would be willing to release Palestinian prisoners even though the captured Israeli soldiers remain in Gaza but also proposed a formal agreement with the Palestinian Authority.<More>

  • 4. Elections in Palestine (December 19, 2006)
    Within a year of elections that returned hard-line Hamas into power resulting in the abortion of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and internal discord and civil-war conditions, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced plans that he is pushing ahead with early elections.<More>

  • 5. Hamas Takes Over Gaza Border (December 15, 2006)
    After weeks of politically motivated assassinations and murder of children, Hamas gunmen fought fiercely with Fatah-allied border guards to seize control of the Gaza Strip’s EU-monitored border crossing with Egypt.<More>

  • 6. Israel’s Peace Plan (November 30, 2006)
    Israel unveiled several steps that, if met, could lead to serious peace negotiation with Palestinians leading to prisoner exchange, withdrawal of Israeli forces from many parts of West Bank, ease of transit checkpoints, and lifting of financial sanctions.<More>

  • 7. Hamas Calls for Prisoner Swap (July 11, 2006)
    In his first public appearance since the capture of an Israeli soldier, Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal claimed in Damascus that Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip was futile and the only way out is through a prisoner exchange deal.<More>

  • 8. Israel Tightens Noose on Gaza (July 06, 2006)
    Supported by tanks and armored bulldozers, Israeli forces moved further into northern Gaza tightening the siege, set up sniper and observer positions on rooftops, and jets rained bombs on the Interior Ministry building and a school run by the ruling Hamas. <More>

  • 9. Israel Abducts Hamas Cabinet Members (July 03, 2006)
    Escalating violence by major orders of magnitude, Israel made limited military incursions into Gaza, bombed a Hamas office, and abducted 1/3 of the Hamas Cabinet of Palestinian Authority as collateral for the safe return of a soldier captured by terrorists.<More>

  • 10. Hamas, Fattah Recognize Israel as Troops Amass (June 29, 2006)
    After the dramatic tunneled attack and kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, Israel has ordered troops to the border with Gaza as Hamas and Fattah movements ended weeks of acrimonious negotiations to conclude an agreement that implicitly recognizes Israel.<More>

  • 11. Hamas Tunnel into Israel to Attack Army (June 28, 2006)
    In escalating violence, Hamas militants in a brazen pre-dawn attack, tunneled into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, lobbed grenades and bombs into a tank at the border killing two of the four man crew and kidnapping its gunner; Israel has vowed revenge. <More>

  • 12. Hamas-Abbas Clash Deepens (June 14, 2006)
    The political and power standoff between Palestinian Territories President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas-led Government escalated several notches with security forces loyal to both parties clashing and burning assets belonging to the other.<More>

  • 13. Israel Captures Hamas ‘Commander’ (May 24, 2006)
    Israel achieved a major breakthrough in its fight against terrorism by capturing Hamas’s West Bank military-wing ‘commander’ wanted in the death of 78 Israelis and wounding of several hundred.<More>

  • 14. UNHRC Calls for Israel, Palestinian Restraint (May 15, 2006)
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbours said that the Israel and Palestine region is on the verge of a major humanitarian disaster and called on authorities of both groups to respect internationally recognized rights standards.<More>

  • 15. Abbas Wants to Resume Dialogue (May 9, 2006)
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he was willing to resume talks with Israel even his Government run by the terrorist group Hamas is not recognized by most countries in the world. <More>

  • 16. EU, Canada , US Suspend Aid to PA (April 12, 2006)
    The largest donor to Palestinian Territories (PT), the European Union (EU), suspended its USD 300 million aid citing the Hamas’s continued recalcitrance in refusing to recognize Israel , give up violence, and recognize international commitments.<More>

  • 17. Hamas Proposes “Two-State Solution” (April 06, 2006)
    In a letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Hamas Government of the Palestinian Territories (PT) has proposed a “two-state solution” where it can live in “freedom and independence side-by-side with our neighbors.”<More>

  • 18. Hamas Rule Begins (April 01, 2006)
    Amid increasing international isolation, the terrorist group Hamas that won Palestinian elections beating Fattah, the infighting-ridden party of Yaseer Arafat, was sworn into office moderate President Mahmoud Abbas<More>

  • 19. Hamas Keeps Key Portfolis (March 20, 2006
    Hamas unveiled a Cabinet that would help it retain key Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Security portfolios.

  • 20. India Supports PA Election (March 18, 2006)
    India acknowledged Hamas victory saying “India respects the will of the Palestinian people as reflected by the outcome of the recently concluded elections.”<More>

  • 21. Israel Raids Jericho Jail to Secure Terrorist (March 15, 2006)
    The small time oasis city of Jericho in Palestinian Territories (PT) saw a surprise attack by Israeli troops to capture a leader of leftist Popular Front for the liberation of Palestine Ahmed Saadat.<More>

  • 22. Israel Refuses to Recognize Hamas (March 14, 2006)
    The standoff between Hamas and Israel continued to harden with Israel refusing to recognize the Hamas Government in Palestine Territories (PT) and Hamas insisting on continuing its fight against Israel.<More>

  • 23. Hamas Ploy to Derail Abbas (March 09, 2006)
    Hamas is trying to enact legislation that will strip Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas of some of the powers granted during the previous regime.<More>

  • 24. West Stops Non-Humanitarian Aid to PT (March 05, 2006)
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that his country is happy with talks with Hamas that won elections in the Palestinian Territories.<More>

  • 25. Egypt Plan for Israel-Hamas Standoff (March 02, 2006)
    Egypt is working on a plan that would require Israel to give the Hamas-led Government 6 months to meet Israeli requirements.<More>

  • 26. Egypt Continues Support to PA (February 23, 2006)
    The terrorist group Hamas was asked to form the government in the Palestinian Territories (PT) by its President Mahmoud Abbas.<More>

  • 27. US Asks West Asia not to Fund Hamas (February 23, 2006)
    Israel imposed a series of sanctions on Palestinian Government as Hamas formed the Government with Ismail Haniya as the new Prime Minister.<More>

  • 28. Hamas Rejects Abbas's Call (February 21, 2006)
    A new Palestinian Parliament dominated by the terrorist group Hamas was sworn in even as its relationship with its President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel remained uncertain.<More>

  • 29. Tel Aviv Suicide Attack (April 18, 2006)
    In the first ever incident after Hamas took control of the Palestinian Territories (PT), a suicide bomber killed 6 people and injuring 35 others in Israel’s commercial capital Tel Aviv coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Passover. <More>

  • 30. Russia Negotiates with Hamas (February 15, 2006)
    Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asserted that Israel has the backing of the international community on its Hamas isolation policy but said it is open to peace talks with Palestinians but not the terrorist group Hamas.<More>

  • 31. World Asks Hamas to Drop Violence (February 13, 2006)
    Israeli Ambassador to India David Danielli said that India could make a substantial contribution to peace with Palestinians because it maintained good relations with both sides.<More>

  • 32. Israel Discloses Unilateral Plan (February 10, 2006)
    Acting Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel plans to unilaterally annex the Jordan Valley under Palestinian control and also Jewish settlements to Israel.<More>

  • 33. Palestinian Cash Crunch (February 07, 2006)
    Hamas is coming to terms with its election victory and administrative responsibilities.<More>

  • 34. Israel Stops Palestinian Money Transfers (February 04, 2006)
    The Palestinian Authority saw the first effects of the Hamas victory in last week's elections when Israel stopped transfer of moneys to the administration.<More>

  • 35. US Not to Support a Hamas Govt (February 01, 2006)
    The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the US will not aid a Hamas Government in Palestinian territories.<More>

  • 36. US, EU Threaten to Stop Aid (January 31, 2006)
    Striking an increasingly defiant tone, Hamas has rejected international demands that they recognize Israel’s right to exist and disarm.<More>

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