Decrease in terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria

According to a five year summary by Central Command; significant decrease in crossings in the region as well

Date: 22/11/2011, 7:02 PM     Author: Bamahane Magazine

A five year summary by the Central Command shows a decrease in the number of every kind of malicious terrorist attacks against Israel. The decrease includes rock hurling, shooting attacks and use of explosives.

In 2006, almost 600 shooting attacks by Palestinians against Jewish civilians in Judea and Samaria were reported, in comparison to only 11 such attacks in 2010. During the first half of 2011, five such attacks were reported.

"The Judea and Samaria region is a lot quieter than it has been in the past, though terrorism still exists. For example the August 2010 shooting attack in Beit Hagai and the terrorist attack where the Fogel family was slaughtered last March," said a Central Command officer.

Additionally in the past year two stabbing attacks by terrorists took place, in comparison to 14 in 2009. The number of explosives used was reduced by a half during the first half of this year, in comparison to 2010. Till the end of September 2011, approximately 1,900 rock throwing incidents were recording, a decrease of over 20 percent in comparison to 2009.

The relative decrease in terror attacks affected activity at the borders as well, "Two years ago there were approximately 40 crossings in Judea and Samaria and today there are only ten, most of which are open except during specific warnings," added the officer.

As for any potential incidents, the officer explained that any conflict was averted through coordination with Palestinian security bodies.