News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 1-7, 2012)
This past week terrorist events focused on the prevention of a mass-casualty attack in the region of the Kerem Shalom crossing. The attack was carried out by a group of terrorists affiliated with the global jihad. They commandeered two Egyptian APCs after killing at least 16 Egyptian soldiers, and drove them toward the Kerem Shalom crossing. Both APCs were destroyed by the IDF and an estimated eight terrorist operatives were killed. One of the APCs was found to contain a large quantity of explosives and six of the terrorists had explosive belts strapped to their bodies.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi went to El-Arish to visit the border guard unit whose members had been killed and to follow the investigation of the events first hand. Hamas was extremely embarrassed by the attack. The heads of Hamas denounced the killing of the Egyptian soldiers and stressed their own commitment to security collaboration with Egypt. However, senior Hamas figures as well as the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt accused Israel of the attempted attack.

Events on the Israeli-Egyptian Border

Israel’s South Important Terrorism Events


Judea and Samaria

Soft Violence at the Friction Points

This week as well there were riots at the traditional friction points in Judea and Samaria, especially the villages of Bila’in, Nili’in and Nebi Saleh. Rioters threw stones at the IDF forces, who in certain instances used riot control equipment to disperse the demonstrators. In addition, in a number of instances stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli civilian and security vehicles.

The Situation in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Authority

The Palestinian Authority Appeals to the UN General Assembly
  • Mahmoud Abbassaid the Palestinian Authority was determined to appeal to the UN General Assembly to upgrade its status to non-member state. He said that “the step has to be taken,” a decision he made despite the failure of his appeal to the Security Council in September 2011. He said that 133 states promised they would vote in favor of the proposal in the General Assembly. However, he said that the appeal did not obviate the possibility of renewing negotiations with Israel.
  • Saeb Erekat, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and head of Palestinian negotiating team, said that the objective of the appeal to the UN was mainly to establish legal recognition for a Palestinian state and to open the doors of UN agencies to Palestinian representatives (Agence France-Presse, August 1, 2012). Riyad al-Maliki, Palestinian foreign minister, said at a press conference convened in Ramallah that no date had yet been set and that it was a question of enlisting as many votes in the General Assembly as possible (Ma’an News Agency, August 4, 2012).
Cancellation of an Extraordinary Meeting of Delegations from the Non-Aligned Movement in Ramallah
  • The Palestinian Authority organized an extraordinary meeting of delegations from the Non-Aligned Movement.[4] Thirteen delegations from member states were supposed to arrive in Ramallah from Jordan. The Algerian delegation expressed support for the meeting but said it would not participate because it did not want friction with Israel (Ma’an News Agency, August 4, 2012).
  • When the delegations arrived at the Allenby crossing, Israel refused entry to representatives from five countries which do not recognize the existence of the State of Israel. Senior figures in the Palestinian Authority called the Israeli decision “provocation” which, they claimed, was meant to sabotage Palestinian diplomacy. Therefore the Palestinian Authority decided to postpone the meeting. The suggestion to hold the meeting elsewhere, in Jordan for example, was not accepted because according to the organizers, holding it in Ramallah was symbolically important (Ma’an News Agency, August 4, 2012).

The Delegitimization Challenge


1] As of August 7, 2012.


[3] For further information about the attack at the Karni crossing, see the June 15, 2009 bulletin “Internet and Terrorism: a local terrorist network in the Gaza Strip affiliated with Al-Qaeda and global jihad was behind the failed attempt to perpetrate a showcase terrorist attack at the Nahal Oz fuel terminal (June 8). The network’s website is serviced by several companies, including one based in the US.”

[4] The Non-Aligned Movement is an international organization established during the Cold War, uniting 116 countries which do not consider themselves under the influence of any of the great powers. Originally they were countries which did not want to identify themselves with either the West or the Eastern Block. After the collapse of the USSR the organization lost a great deal of its relevance and today focuses on humanitarian issues such as the elimination of poverty, economic development and opposition to colonialism and imperialism. Most of the member states are Third World countries. They are planning a summit meeting in Iran at the end of August.