2016, the Year of Counterterror—Israel Foiled More than 400 Attacks

Israeli PM Netanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of ISA

Israeli PM Netanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of ISA

The year 2016 was a violent one for Israel as the ongoing Palestinian terror wave continued from the latter half of 2015. But thanks to the success of the Israeli security forces, last year wasn’t nearly as dangerous as it could have been. The leader of the Israel Security Agency (ISA) announced in late December that the ISA foiled more than 400 “significant terrorist attacks” in 2016.

ISA Director Nadav Argaman, in a press release from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, credited the terror prevention to “quality intelligence, advanced technologies and outstanding human capital.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the press release that the ISA “carries out many hundreds of operations annually that constitute a protective shield against the terrorism that seeks to harm the security of Israel and its citizens.”

In addition to preventing hundreds of potential buy msj valium online attacks, Israeli security forces also confiscated hundreds of illegal weapons that could have been used in acts of terrorism. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said on Twitter in mid-December that as part of the “IDF’s ongoing efforts to dismantle weapons manufacturing & distribution” the Israeli military seized more than 420 weapons in 2016.

As an example of such work, the IDF Spokesperson’s official Twitter feed noted an operation in late December in the Palestinian-dominated town of Nablus in which weapons parts were “hidden among children’s toys.”

The Israeli leader certainly appreciates the efforts done by the security forces. In his comments at an ISA award ceremony, he said, “The lives of many citizens were saved thanks to the amazing pre-emptive operations led by the ISA… On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I salute you and thank you for your work as an unseen shield.”

(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, January 2, 2017)

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