The past year has seen an increase in planning and setting up cells for terror
attacks in the West Bank, Binyamin Regional Brigade Commander Col. Yossi Pinto
“There is no dramatic rise in the level of terrorism, but
there is a rise in the quality of the infrastructure and the planning [of terror
attacks],” he said during an annual sum up of security
Instability in other regions could influence the territories
under the jurisdiction of IDF Central Command, he warned.
weeks we again found ourselves in a challenging period. What is happening in
Syria and Egypt may be far, but it can also reach us very quickly. Our mission
has been and remains to defend the communities of Binyamin and this country, a
mission that has become more complex in recent months,” he stated.
added that his forces will “continue to be ready for every incident, small or
The current period is a sensitive one, he said, due to regional
events, peace talks and the High Holy Day season.
“This commits us to a
high level of intelligence, and we are checking ourselves to ensure that our
efforts are really bringing the required level of intelligence.
of terrorism was and remains challenging,” he said.
include kidnapping and shooting at IDF soldiers, he said. This fact requires the
military to be professional and well-trained, he added.
recent deadly clash with Palestinian rioters in Kalandiya, in which hundreds
attacked security forces who were arresting a security suspect, Pinto said the
incident could have ended with more casualties, and praised the “determination
and decision making of the commanders” who oversaw the raid. Three Palestinians
were shot dead during the assault on soldiers, which included the hurling of
concrete slabs from rooftops on jeeps.
Last week, security forces led by
the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced that they had foiled a bomb plot
by members of Hamas.
They said the attack had been timed for the High
Holy Days, the intended target being the Mamilla mall in central Jerusalem. Two
Palestinians from east Jerusalem who were employed as maintenance workers at the
mall were arrested together with a Hamas member from Ramallah, they said.
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