Bennett: Israel Thwarted 15 Attacks in Two Weeks, Deadly Wave Is a 'Wake-up Call'

'The terrorists' goal is to sow fear in the hearts of Israeli civilians. We must not let them win,' the prime minister says in a meeting with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank after attacks that claimed 11 lives

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the West Bank, on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the West Bank, on Tuesday.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that Israel had thwarted over 15 terror attacks over the past two weeks, calling the wave of attacks that killed 11 people "a wake-up call," in a meeting with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

"All security systems are now being employed to restore security to the citizens of Israel," Bennett said. According to him, security forces foiled at least 15 significant attacks in the West Bank and inside Israel proper.

"The terrorists' goal is not only to murder and kill but also to sow fear in the hearts of Israeli civilians," he added. "We must not let them win. I call on everyone to continue to go to work as usual, send their children to school, go out, travel throughout Israel."

Bennett's visit to the Israeli military's Judea and Samaria Division headquarters in the West Bank comes as security forces are on high alert following a string of deadly attacks targeting Israelis.

A situation assessment was also held during the meeting.

The Israel Defense Forces' Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi also attended the meeting, as did the commander of the IDF's Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, and the Coordinator of Government Operations in the Occupied Territories, Maj. Gen. Rassan Aliyan.

Last month, a Palestinian gunman killed five people in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, the third deadly attack in a week, after two Arab-Israeli assailants killed two Border Police members in Hadera. The gunmen, which authorities say were aligned with the Islamic State, were shot dead at the scene.

Earlier, four were killed in a stabbing and ramming attack in Be'er Sheva; the assailant, also identified with ISIS, was shot dead.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, on Monday.Credit: Haim Zach / GPO

On Monday, Kochavi said that at least 10 attacks in Israel had been prevented in the past two weeks, and that "the IDF is simultaneously working in six different arenas."

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Jerusalem's Damascus Gate area earlier this week with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and other senior police officials, in a visit that drew condemnation from the Palestinian Authority.

On Sunday, Bennett, together with Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar and other senior officials at Israel's security service, conducted a situation assessment and tour of the separation fence between Israel and the West Bank.

After the tour, Bennett said Israel's military “is showing maximum presence at hundreds of points where there are breaches, and our goal is to break this wave.”

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