The question marks are increasing: Why did the Shin Bet fail to thwart the attacks?


The Israeli army and the General Security Service succeeded in thwarting terrorist operations in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, despite Hamas’ pressure on its members in Israel, Judea and Samaria. The success of the fight against terrorism is mainly related to Israel’s ability to gather intelligence on the Palestinians, mainly due to the fact that the defense apparatus in Judea and Samaria is not subject to Israeli law. But the last nine attacks, all of which occurred only in the last month, came from Israel and not from Judea and Samaria.

Coverage of the Hadera attack on N12:

In fact, it appears that thwarting terrorist attacks by Israeli citizens is much more complicated than thwarting an attack from Judea and Samaria. It is very difficult to agree in court to listen to civilians, which makes it easier for terrorists to carry out an attack without notifying them in advance. Add to that their knowledge of Israeli cities and their freedom of movement – and you get a very complicated recipe for frustration.

The location of the accident is in Hadera | Image: as per item 27a

In addition, it is easy to obtain firearms in the Arab street. Tens of thousands of weapons are available to anyone who can purchase them. Just one infrastructure is enough for the Food and Drug Administration that recruits a threat and has money from abroad, and it can buy a rifle and cartridges full of bullets for tens of thousands of shekels.

However, ISIS supporters are supposed to be a different story, even if they are Israeli citizens. They are closely targeted by the Public Security Agency. They are active on social networks and in sermons in mosques across the country. Some of them even tried to go out to fight ISIS in Syria in recent years. These are the people who were actually targeted by the General Intelligence. Some of them were in Israeli prisons, others were on probation. They and their relatives. Therefore, the question that arises is why the General Security Agency or the police were unable to prevent terrorist operations in Hadera and Beersheba.

The perpetrator of the attack in Beersheba, Muhammad Abu Al-Qian
The perpetrator of the attack in Beersheba, Muhammad Abu Al-Qian

Not all details are known yet, and there are many open questions and the answer to each of them may provide an answer to the big question: Were the two cousins ​​from Umm al-Fahm familiar with the defense establishment? To what extent were ISIS identified on social media and revealed which method they chose? Were there any indications of their intentions or foreshadowing them? Have they told in recent months who their family members or friends are? This is exactly what they will investigate now with the GSS.

In order to work more effectively in the fight against terrorism inside Israel, a change must be made in the law. It takes evidence to be brought to court to allow eavesdropping, and in many cases also snooping on their cell phones and personal computers. Exactly what spyware like Pegasus knows exactly, the same one that everyone is keen to use. Does it affect it? on him.

However, it is not impossible to thwart an attack by Arab citizens of Israel inside Israel. There are a number of indicative signs that can be identified. There are well-known activists whose pursuit could indicate future intentions. The deployment of security personnel and police in city centers and markets can greatly help in thwarting terrorist attacks. More than once the terrorists admitted that when they saw the security guards, they chose to go somewhere else to carry out their plot. If you want to stop a wave before it develops, you need a combination of monitoring capability, security, and rapid response in the field.

The dead in a terrorist attack in Hadera (Photo: Section 27A)
Killed in a terrorist attack in Hadera: Sheryl Abou Karit and Yazen Fellah | Image: as per item 27a

Joining ISIS is a marginal phenomenon in Arab society

A public opinion poll conducted by the Institute for National Security Studies among Israeli Arabs showed that the support of Arab citizens of Israel for ISIS and the participation of a few in the fighting within the organization remains a very marginal phenomenon. The Arab population and its political and religious leadership, with all its important components and factions, openly and openly oppose ISIS.

According to security sources, ISIS supporters are Arab citizens who adopt the Palestinian Arab identity and reject affiliation related to the Israeli identity. They claim that they are discriminated against as Arabs, feel threatened or have been threatened and humiliated, and are dissatisfied with their lives in the State of Israel.

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