Shin Bet chief says Palestinian terror attacks up 50% since 2012

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June 30, 2015 19:06

 
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Security forces stopped most terrorist attacks by organized groups, but were less successful in stopping individual attackers, Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday.

In 2014, the number of attacks by individuals went up 50 percent since 2012, when there were 683, to 1,834, with terrorism spiking during Operation Protective Edge. The figures include instances of rock-throwing, Molotov cocktails, stabbings, and other types of attacks.

The Shin Bet stopped 130 terrorist cells in 2014 and 60 in 2015 so far, most of which were part of Hamas.

Speaking at the meeting that was closed to press, Cohen explained that terrorist organizations have difficulties attacking, because the Shin Bet and IDF successfully stopped them so many times, and most of the attacks were by individuals or unorganized groups.

The Shin Bet chief said cooperation with the Palestinian Authority on security is what allows the PA to survive, despite Hamas activity.

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