Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Security agency chief warns of deceptive calm: We foiled 480 major terror attacks this year - Gideon Allon and Israel Hayom Staff

by Gideon Allon and Israel Hayom Staff 

As well as 480 major attacks, Shin Bet also thwarted 590 lone-wolf attacks and arrested ‎219 Hamas cells, while combating cyberattacks and espionage plots, agency director says

Shin Bet security agency Director Nadav Argaman
Photo: Dudi Vaaknin 

The Shin Bet security agency has thwarted 480 ‎Palestinian terrorist attacks so far in 2018, agency ‎Director Nadav Argaman told the Knesset's Foreign ‎Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.‎

The Shin Bet's efforts were a major factor in the ‎defense establishment's ability to maintain the ‎fragile calm between Israel and the Palestinians, ‎especially in Judea and Samaria, Argaman said.‎

‎"The situation in the Palestinian arena has been ‎‎very unstable this year. In the Gaza Strip, we are ‎somewhere between a potential [military] campaign ‎and efforts to ‎stabilize the humanitarian situation," he told the committee.

‎"In Judea and Samaria the situation is very ‎complex ‎as well. Things on the ground are ‎relatively calm, but this calm is deceptive. The ‎situation is actually highly combustible."‎

Argaman continued, "Hamas is constantly trying to launch terrorist attacks in and from Judea and ‎Samaria.

"We were able to prevent 480 major ‎terrorist attacks, stop 590 lone-wolf terrorists and ‎arrest 219 Hamas cells. This indicates that there is ‎a large, clandestine terrorist infrastructure ‎there."

Hamas leaders in Gaza and Turkey are sparing no ‎effort to mastermind terrorist attacks in Judea and ‎Samaria, and similar efforts are being made from ‎‎Lebanon by the Hezbollah terrorist group, Argaman said.

He said ‎the Shin Bet uses a variety of methods to track down lone terrorists, including ‎monitoring Palestinians' social media accounts and ‎general online activity, using confidential ‎informants, and implementing a complex profiling ‎algorithm.‎

The agency "has also been able to foil ‎‎multiple cyberattacks and espionage plots against ‎‎Israel. The current reality is the result of ‎‎intensive efforts by all branches of the defense ‎‎establishment – the IDF, Shin Bet and the Israel ‎‎Police – that enable Israelis to live their daily ‎lives peacefully," he said. ‎

Shin Bet data indicates that in 2017, the agency thwarted ‎over 400 terrorist attacks, including 13 ‎suicide attacks and eight abductions, as well as ‎‎1,100 potential lone-wolf attacks.‎

In 2016, the Shin Bet prevented 344 major terrorist ‎attacks.‎

Gideon Allon and Israel Hayom Staff


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