2009 in the Palestinian territories
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Events in the year 2009 in the Palestinian territories.
Palestinian National Authority (non-state administrative authority)
- President - Mahmoud Abbas (PLO)
- Prime Minister -
- Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority (in the West Bank) – Salam Fayyad (Third Way) (emergency rule)
- Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority (in the Gaza Strip) – Ismail Haniyeh (Hamas) (in rebellion against the Palestinian National Authority)
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (September 2010)
- January 1 – Operation Cast Lead: Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip city of Jabalia kills senior Hamas military commander Nizar Rayan and six members of his family.
- January 3 – Operation Cast Lead: Israel launches a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip as the Gaza War enters its second week.
- January 17 – Operation Cast Lead: Israel announces a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza War. It comes into effect the following day, on which Hamas declares a ceasefire of its own.
- January 21 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Intermittent air strikes by both sides of the preceding war continue in the weeks to follow.
- January 27 – Palestinian Arab militants detonate a bomb at the Kissufim crossing, killing one Israeli soldier and wounding three others.
- January – Sudan Air Strikes: Israeli Air Force attack against Iranian weapons being smuggled to the Gaza Strip through Sudan.
- March 5 – A Palestinian Arab resident of east Jerusalem attacks an Israeli police car and a bus on the Menachem Begin Expressway in Jerusalem using a bulldozer, injuring two police officers before being shot to death.
- April 2 – Bat Ayin ax attack: A Palestinian Arab man armed with a pickax rampages in the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, killing 13-year-old Israeli boy, Shlomo Nativ, and wounding a seven-year-old boy before fleeing the area. Islamic Jihad and Imad Mughniyeh claim responsibility for the attack.
- May 11–15 – Pope Benedict XVI visits the Palestinian territories and Israel. During his visit, the pope condemned Holocaust denials and called for cooperation between the Palestinians and Israelis.
- June 14 – Ten days after President Obama's Cairo speech, Netanyahu gives a speech at Bar-Ilan University in which he endorsed, for the first time, a "Demilitarized Palestinian State", after two months of refusing to commit to anything other than a self-ruling autonomy when coming into office. The speech is widely seen as a response to Obama's speech.
- June 16 – Ten Palestinian Arab terrorists belonging to an al-Qaida-cell launch an attack at the Karni crossing using horses "laden" with explosives. Four terrorists and the horses are killed in the ensuring firefight with the IDF. No IDF soldiers are wounded.
- October 2 – Israel releases twenty female Palestinian Arab prisoners to the Gaza Strip and in exchange the Hamas releasing a videotape that proves that the Israeli captured soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive.
- October 2 – The first video of the Israeli kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit is released to the public.
- November 4 – Operation Four Species: Israeli navy commandos of Shayetet 13 board and seize the MV Francop cargo ship in the eastern Mediterranean and its cargo of hundreds of tons of weapons allegedly bound from the Islamic Republic of Iran for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
- November 25 - Prime Minister Netanyahu announces a ten-month settlement moratorium in permits for new settlement homes in the West Bank (excluding east Jerusalem), seen as a result of pressure from the Obama administration, which urged the sides to seize the opportunity to resume talks. In his announcement, Netanyahu calls the move "a painful step that will encourage the peace process" and urges the Palestinian Arabs to respond.
- January 3 – Abu Zakaria al-Jamal, 49, Palestinian senior Hamas leader, air strike.
- January 13 – Ayman Alkurd, 34, Palestinian footballer, airstrike.
- January 15 – Said Seyam, 50, Palestinian government official, Interior Minister (2006–2007), airstrike.
- April 16 – Fadel Shana'a, 23, Palestinian photojournalist (Reuters), military strike.
- August 2 – Shafiq al-Hout, 77, Palestinian politician, co-founder of the Palestine Liberation Organization, cancer.
- August 3 – Samir Ghawshah, 72, Palestinian politician, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation executive.
- August 15 – Abdel Latif Moussa, 47, Palestinian cleric, leader of Jund Ansar Allah, bomb blast.
- November 1 – Sakher Habash, 69, Palestinian party official (Fatah), stroke.
- McCarthy, Rory (January 2, 2009). "Israeli bomb kills Hamas leader and six of his family". The Guardian. London.
- Kershner, Isabel; El-Khodary, Taghreed (2009-01-03). "Israeli Troops Launch Attack on Gaza". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
- "Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza". BBC. January 17, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- Haaretz, January 18, 2009 Archived March 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- CNN January 18, 2009 
- BBC January 18, 2009 
- Middle East | Last Israeli troops 'leave Gaza'. BBC News (2009-01-21). Retrieved on 2009-07-07.
- At least six Gaza rockets hit southern Israel – Haaretz – Israel News. Haaretz. Retrieved on 2009-07-07.
- Kassam rocket strikes Eshkol Region|Israel|Jerusalem Post Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Jpost.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-07.
- "'Five rockets' fired into Israel". BBC. February 28, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
- "Clashes shake fragile truce in Gaza". CBC News. January 27, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
- Israeli youth killed in West Bank pickax attack, Associated Press (reprinted on msnbc.com 02-04-2009)
- "Israeli child killed in West Bank". BBC News. April 2, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
- Federman, Josef (June 14, 2009). "Netanyahu endorses Palestinian independence". Associated Press. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
- "Footage of al-Qaida cell in Gaza airs". Jerusalem Post. June 21, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009.[permanent dead link]
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- Kershner, Isabel (October 3, 2009). "Israel Receives Video of Captured Soldier in Exchange for Release of Prisoners". The New York Times.
- Sofer, Roni (2009-11-25). "Cabinet votes on 10-month building freeze". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
- "Airstrike in Gaza Reportedly Kills Senior Hamas Leader". Fox News. January 3, 2009.
-  Archived 2009-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
- "Gaza Islamist leader dies in raid". BBC News. August 15, 2009.
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