Israel Foiled 400 Terrorist Attacks this Year, Security Chief Says

A knife belonging to a Palestinian terrorist who attempted to enter Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs in an attempted terror attack in November. Credit: Israel Police.

Nadav Argaman, director of Israel’s Shin Bet, said the security agency has foiled some 400 attempted terrorist attacks this year.

“The calm we are experiencing right now is deceptive,” Argaman said Sunday.

“Hamas is trying with all its might to orchestrate terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in an effort to destabilize the Palestinian Authority,” he explained. “The reality in Gaza, meanwhile, is more challenging than ever.”

Speaking at a semi-annual security briefing before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Argaman said that of the hundreds of terror attacks the Shin Bet prevented, 13 were planned suicide attacks, eight were attempted abductions and 94 were planned attacks in which the attackers risked death.

About 1,100 lone wolf attacks were also prevented in 2017. A total of 54 terrorist attacks were actually perpetrated in Israel during the course of the year, a significant drop from last year’s 108, according to Argaman.


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