(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s domestic spy agency, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), says it thwarted 100 “serious” terror attacks in 2012, of which a third were planned kidnappings, the agency revealed in a report published Thursday. The Shin Bet said it arrested 2,300 terror suspects, which led to 2,170 indictments.
Half of the thwarted kidnapping attacks were planned roadside bombs followed by small-arms fire. Four planned suicide bombings were stopped, as well as five infiltrations from the Sinai. Twenty kilograms of high-grade explosives and triggering mechanisms were confiscated—all smuggled through the border with Lebanon by Hezbollah. Command and control centers operated by Hamas in Ramallah and Hebron were uncovered. Hamas used the centers to rehabilitate its military infrastructure in the West Bank to carry out attacks, with an emphasis on kidnappings.
Some 10 million shekels to be used for terror financing were intercepted.
For the first time in four decades, no Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2012.
Despite the lack of deaths, there was an increase in the number of attacks in Judea and Samaria, from 320 in 2011 to 578 in 2012. The number of Molotov cocktail attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2012 rose 68 percent compared to the previous year.