International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

The Palestinian Authority

The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) came into existence in 1994 as a result of the 1993 Oslo Accords. In an effort to moderate the Palestinian voice, the P.A. was created to take over negotiations and administration of Palestinian territories in the West Bank until a final agreement could be reached.

Yasser Arafat was the first president of the P.A., winning by a landslide in 1996 elections. However, his administration was rife with internal corruption and continued acts of terrorism. At Israel’s behest, Yasser Arafat was removed from his post as president. Mahmoud Abbas,  viewed as a more moderate leader, was appointed president in 2003, and went on to win the 2005 elections.

While the P.A. was created to form a more moderate Palestinian administration, since its creation, Israel has accused the P.A. of at best, turning a blind eye to the terrorist activities of its members, and at worst, financing, aiding, and assisting them. During the Second Intifada, Israel was able to prove that the P.A. was behind some of the worst atrocities, and the IDF sought to disable their infrastructure.

The P.A. scored an important victory in 2005, when then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the disengagement from all settlements in the Gaza Strip, and a few from the northern West Bank, in the hopes of achieving a more stable peace with the Palestinians. The P.A. gained full control over all areas in the Gaza Strip. However, in 2006, a surprise victory by Hamas in the parliamentary elections threw the P.A. into turmoil. The United States and European Union halted their financial aid to the region, soon redirecting the funds directly to Abbas.

But the fighting between the Fatah-led P.A. and Hamas intensified, leading to a split within the administration. Hamas gained control of the Gaza Strip, while the P.A. retained its control in the West Bank. Hamas’ leadership, as many Israelis predicted, led to further attacks on Israeli citizens, including devastating rocket attacks, which in turn resulted in Israel’s 2008 military campaign. Operation Cast Lead lasted three weeks and targeted the terrorist headquarters and weapons’ stores in Gaza.

Today, talks continue between the P.A. and the Israeli government, under the stewardship of the United States. However, disputes, such as the timetable for the envisioned Israeli-Palestinian agreement, Israel’s construction on the West Bank, and the Palestinians’ lack of recognition of Israel, continue to stymie progress.

Most recently, this process has been slowed even more by the new unity agreement between the P.A. and an unreformed Hamas. Already this collective Palestinian body has come under fire by the U.S. and other western nations who insist the Palestinian leadership agree to principles established by the Quartet: recognizing Israel and renouncing terrorism.

What do you think?

  • Cris
    August 29, 2011
    7:46 pm

    GOD warns, do not split the land of Israel or there will be a wrath of consequences. It is Israel’s land, not the PA to get or be given.

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  • Edwin
    May 20, 2011
    7:58 am

    I’m so disappointmented in the politicians and non politicians who want Israel to give up land for for peace or returned the land taken during the1967 war. My advice to Israel, please don’t do it…

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  • p
    May 20, 2011
    7:38 am

    I am with Israel. This “Land” belongs to them, given to them by God.

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  • sam
    May 19, 2011
    8:59 pm

    obama is WRONG!!! obama wants the 1967 border agrement not the american people. I love,pray and support Israel. To the people of Israel…you are not alone and you will overcome. Genesis 12:3

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  • Michael
    May 19, 2011
    7:44 pm

    I too am praying for you Israel! You need to stand firm and rely on God, who will never abandon you.

    God Bless Israel forever!

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  • Debbie
    May 19, 2011
    2:46 pm

    I am praying for you, Israel!! I am praying for the peace of Jerusalem. news that obama wants the 1967 border agreement,is WRONG!Jerusalem belongs to Israel,given by God!I am standing with you !!

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  • mary
    May 19, 2011
    10:25 am

    The P.A. is a foe to Israel. Peace only on their terms is what they’re after. Israel’s right to exist will not be recognized by the P.A. Thus, the P.A.’s peace efforts must be taken with considerable suspicion. Praying for Israel. God Bless you. Mary

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  • Don
    May 19, 2011
    10:07 am

    Blessings upon the land and the people of Israel. May YHVH, the God of Avraham, Yitzak, and Jakov, watch over Israel, and keep her, and bring her peace and prosperity.

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  • John
    April 15, 2011
    10:36 am


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    • slave of
      December 11, 2012
      9:14 pm

      race of Israel was people which protected by god from long time ago, because God promise it. don’t take it easy with god

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  • Teresa
    July 26, 2010
    7:53 pm

    Not only does Israel belong to the Jewish people, but so does Gaza. If you read in the Bible when God told Abraham the boundaries of the land promised to him, Gaza is a part of that land. God is on the side of the righteous and God promised Israel the land not through Abraham’s son Ishmael, but the promised son Isaac. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Gensis 17:8

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  • Emerson
    July 22, 2010
    7:16 pm

    I am not Jewish, but I read in the Bible Isreal belongs to Jewish people, It is very clear. Our Church families have prayed for the peace of Jerusalem and Gods choosen people for 100 years, and we will continue to do so untill the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
    God Bless the Jewish people and it’s land.

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  • Doreen
    July 22, 2010
    5:20 pm

    In my opinion there is nothing to talk about with the Palestinian Authority. What God says goes! There is no negotiation! God gave Israel to the Jewish people, end of story. The Palestinians have never had a claim to that land ever in history. Do the Muslims care about the innocent casualties when they fight to get what they want??? There are casualties in every war and this one is definitely worth fighting for. Israel do not look to the left or the right, keep fighting to win.

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  • fannie mae
    July 15, 2010
    9:02 pm

    I think there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation.We are to pray for the Jewish people and support them the best we can.The Bible says God will Bless whom ever stands with them and curse who ever curses them.Read the Bible,I am happy to be part of the family of God.Fear not the ones that can kill the flesh but the one that can kill the soul.

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    • Robert
      July 22, 2010
      6:34 pm

      We have a oneness with, and are certainly more than blessed to be able to stand with Israel in any way possible but certainly in our prayers!

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  • Ron
    June 15, 2010
    11:15 am

    If the USA fought the 2 nd world war Like Israel fought the Gaza war, we would be speaking German.Israel has to fight to win and if there are innocent casualties, so be it. Fight like the Arabs and Muslims, and never divided our Capital.

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    • thomas
      October 9, 2010
      5:30 am

      A big”Amen” brother! Why have they not done so?

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    • Steve
      January 24, 2011
      1:45 pm

      I would pray for all of the responders in this blog. ALL of there comments are so self centered and NOT concerned with God’s teachings or Will. ALL the references to the bible and God’s gift or direction or whatever, are so meaningless when considering the motivation for all of grief and blind obsession to get something. Oh, by the way ron, My father was in the first American soldiers to see the concentration/extermination camps in 1945. I wish he could see how grateful someone like you is this many years later. As a veteran of a foreign war, myself, I wonder if you have some supportive remark for me!

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      • Ginny
        May 24, 2011
        8:06 am

        You just don’t get it, Steve. I pray for you…that God would open your eyes and your heart to accept a relationship with Him. Then you would get it…that Jeruselam is not just “something” and that the desire to obey His word is certainly not “blind” and not an “obsession” but a choice and joy beyond anything you could ever imagine. Jeruselam belongs to Israel; Israel belongs to the Jewish people. That’s it! I agree with Fannie Mae, “there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation”!

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