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Oct 23, 2014

This week began with discussions over the recent tensions between Israel with both the U.S. and the E.U. On Wednesday, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a Jerusalem light rail station, killing a three-month-old baby and injuring eight others. Tensions remain high in Jerusalem.  

Oct 10, 2014

This week began with condemnation by Israeli officials over the Swedish decision to recognize the State of Palestine. Sunday also saw the flare up of violence along the Israeli-Lebanese border. The violence increased Tuesday, with the detonation of two Hezbollah bombs along the border. On Thursday, the Palestinian unity government, headed by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, held its first cabinet meeting in Gaza. In the midst of this holiday season, unrest in Jerusalem continues to unfold. At IPF we want to wish everyone Chag Sukkot Sameach.

Oct 03, 2014

This week began with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivering his annual speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on Israel’s regional threats and opportunities. On Tuesday, it was reported that dozens of Jewish Israelis moved into the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu met President Obama at The White House. Just prior to the meeting, it was released that the Jerusalem municipality had given final approval to build 2,610 houses beyond the Green Line. On the eve of Yom Kippur, IPF would like to wish everyone Shana Tovah and G’mar chatima tovah. May the coming year be more peaceful then the last.   

Sep 12, 2014

This week in Israel, debate is split between leaders who believe in actively engaging the Palestinian Authority and moderate Arab states, and leaders who oppose a two-state solution. Among the Palestinians, conflict still surrounds Fatah and Hamas, especially over the payment of Hamas civil servant wages. On Wednesday night, Barak Obama addressed the American people and outlined a plan to combat and defeat the threat posed by the ISIS. Throughout this week, tensions in Jerusalem have been reaching new heights as clashes between Jews and Palestinians increase.

Sep 05, 2014

This week in Israel violence continued to subside in the wake of last week’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. On Sunday, the Government of Israel announced it was appropriating 4,000 dunams of land between Jerusalem and the Etzion Bloc. On Tuesday, a Palestinian poll was released which reported Hamas support had grown. On Wednesday, Israel announced a fifteen billion dollar gas deal with Jordan, and Saeb Erekat met with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss Gaza, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and recent developments in the region. In the latter half of this week, the Israeli press has been reporting on the unequal appropriations of funds between Gaza periphery communities and West Bank settlements. Tensions along the Israeli-Syrian border remain elevated as fighting between Syrian Jihadi groups and the Syrian military continue.

Aug 29, 2014

Fighting between Israel and Hamas entered its seventh week. On Tuesday, the fiftieth day of the conflict, Israel and the Palestinian factions agreed to an Egyptian brokered open-ended ceasefire. IPF issued a statement of support and remains guarded in our optimism that the halt to the fighting will be sustained. On Wednesday, Al-Qaida's Syria wing, Al-Nusra Front, and other Islamist fighters took control of the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border. On Thursday, a senior Palestinian official commented that the Palestinians would take Israel to the International Criminal Court unless the UN Security Council imposes a timeline for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian Territory. Many in Israel continue to have mixed feelings about the accomplishments of Operation Protective Edge, and with an end to fighting, the attention is now focused on the political and diplomatic outcomes of the operation.

Aug 27, 2014

Israel Policy Forum (IPF) welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. We remain guarded in our optimism that the halt to the fighting will be sustained.  It is sad that Hamas refused and violated numerous prior Egyptian ceasefire attempts which closely resemble the current arrangement.  The injuries, loss of life and trauma incurred by Israelis and Palestinians after 50 days of fighting have been incredibly tragic.  

Aug 22, 2014

This week began with continued negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Egypt. On Monday, Israel’s Shin Bet reported that it had foiled a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank. On Tuesday, the negotiations once again collapsed when Hamas fired a barrage of rockets into Israel. In the renewed violence, Israel has been able to successfully target top Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, including Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Abu Shamala, and Mohammed Barhoum. The condition of Mohammed Deif, Chief Commander of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, remains unknown.

Aug 15, 2014

This week began with the initiation of the second ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.  On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council announced that they will open an investigation to all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Israel replied by stating it will not cooperate with the commission and made arrangements to conduct its own investigation.  On Wednesday night, amid uncertainty, the three day ceasefire was extended by an extra five days.  Yesterday, tensions arose between Israel and the United States over reports that the US halted a military shipment to Israel.  Today, the Egyptian paper, A-Shorouk, published what it reports are the eleven clauses of the Egyptian ceasefire deal.  IPF joins the Jewish community in mourning the loss of Leonard “Leibel” Fein, a great advocate for peace.   

Aug 08, 2014

This week began with dual terror attacks in Jerusalem, sparking fear of a new Palestinian uprising.  On the eve of Tisha B’av tensions deescalated with the announcement of a 72 hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt.  This morning Hamas rejected to extend the ceasefire, and once again rockets and mortars were fired into Israel. 


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