Shin Bet chief: terror attacks down overall, growing threats in Judea and Samaria


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The recent Palestinian surge in terrorist activity seems to be ebbing, but the number of threats emanating from Judea and Samaria has increased, Shin Bet security agency Director Nadav Argaman said on Tuesday.

Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In his first briefing before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Argaman warned that the motivation among Palestinian terrorist groups to attack Israeli security forces and civilians remains high.

Argaman said that since the current wave of terrorism erupted last fall, "over 300 significant terrorist attacks and attempted attacks" have taken place, and security forces "foiled 240 significant attacks."

The Shin Bet's data shows that over the past few months there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of terrorist attacks from last fall. October 2015 saw 600 terrorist attacks, 81 of them classified as major, compared to 103 terrorist attacks in June 2016, of which nine were classified as significant.

Argaman also warned that the "calm on the Gaza Strip border is deceptive."

Posted on July 13, 2016 .