Over 560 Attacks Against Israelis Thwarted in 2019, Shin Bet Chief Says

Nadav Argaman, the head of Israel's security service, says that ten suicide attacks and four attempted abductions were prevented throughout the past year

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman at the security service's headquarters, January 20, 2020.
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Israel's Shin Bet security service thwarted over 560 terror attacks in 2019 alone, the head of the organization said on Monday.
Among the attacks that had been prevented were ten suicide attacks, four attempted abductions and over 300 shooting attacks, Nadav Argaman noted. 

Argaman spoke at a ceremony to hand out the prime minister's prize for intelligence-operational achievements. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at the event, told Shin Bet operatives present that "hundreds of Israelis were saved thanks to your actions." 

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Six operations were awarded for their breakthrough achievements, and certificates of appreciation were handed out to Shin Bet employees who took part in leading those missions.

Argaman said that "the past year was rife with security challenges in all the arenas that we operate in," adding that the hundreds of attacks were thwarted as a result of the "investment, determination, perseverance, professionalism and creativity" of Shin Bet operatives. 

Argaman's revelations regarding the compromised attacks come amid an uptick in security incidents in Jerusalem and in the West Bank. Over the weekend, a 22-year-old Israeli man was moderately injured in a suspected stabbing attack that happened on the outskirts of Hebron in the West Bank. A 17-year-old Palestinian suspect was apprehended by security forces at the scene.

Earlier on Saturday, a Palestinian woman was arrested after she waved a knife at Border Police officers near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate. The two incidents came in the wake of Friday clashes between the Israel Police and Palestinian worshippers outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The police said that its forces intervened and broke up a gathering that featured "nationalist slogans and the violation of public order."