Mar. 21, 2017
- Israel Foiled 400 Terrorists in 2016 – Jonathan Lis
Nadav Argaman, head of the Israel Security Agency (ISA), told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that the ISA foiled over 400 potential terrorists last year before they could execute their plans. “The infrastructure of Hamas and global jihad is constantly trying to mount attacks in Israeli territory. Sadly, during the last year, 16 people and one foreign national were killed by terror attacks in Israel.” In addition, in 2016, 149 people were injured. In 2015, there were 20 deaths in terror attacks and 188 injuries.
Argaman said that in 2016 the ISA frustrated 344 major terror attacks, including 184 that involved guns; 16 potential abductions; 16 suicide attacks; and 86 attacks using knives or vehicles. During 2016, 1,035 Hamas activists were arrested in the West Bank and 114 local Hamas cells were apprehended. There were 44 terror attacks that originated in Gaza, but for the first time in 30 years there were no Israeli casualties. Some 29 Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem were involved in terrorism in 2016, up from three in 2015. (Ha’aretz)