(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli security forces have foiled about 180 shooting attacks across Judea and Samaria in 2016, a senior defense official revealed Sunday.
The military and Shin Bet security agency have been collaborating closely to prevent such terrorist attacks, the official told the Walla news website. According to the official, the majority of terrorist cells behind the attacks were not affiliated with any major terrorist groups.
"Hamas is encouraging terrorist attacks, but these cells don't receive their orders from it. There's an atmosphere of violence, and much of it is inspired by the Islamic State group and the terrorist attacks in Europe," the official said.
The Israeli defense establishment's data indicates that terrorist cells operating across Judea and Samaria target Israel Defense Forces posts as well as bus and hitchhiking stations. Terrorists also ambush Israeli vehicles traveling on the area's roads, or target them in drive-by shootings. Security forces have become more effective in dealing with this threat and "no longer try to cover large areas, but rather operate according to more focused intelligence and security assessments," the official told Walla.