Israel’s Shin Bet: Terror Attacks in Judea and Samaria Doubled in 2013
JNS.org – A report released by the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) shows that terror attacks in Judea and Samaria more than doubled in 2013 from the previous year.
According to the report, there were 1,271 terror attacks overall in 2013, compared to 578 in 2012. Most of the attacks—1,048—occurred in Judea, while there were 260 in the Jerusalem region and 229 in Samaria. Most of these were defined as “hot weapon” attacks, including shootings, firebombs, and grenades attacks.
But the report also said that there were fewer Israelis overall who were killed in terror attacks in 2013. During 2012, 10 Israelis were killed, a number that fell to six in 2013, with five of the deaths occurring in Judea and Samaria.
The report noted that terror attacks have dropped significantly from Gaza since Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli army’s response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks in November 2012. There were 1,130 terror attacks from Gaza—including 1,085 rocket attacks—in 2012, and in 2013 there were only 55.
The Shin Bet said it thwarted 190 terror attacks in 2013, 40 of which were attempted by terrorists freed under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal.