Israeli Security Forces Detain Three Palestinians Who Planned Attack in Jerusalem

The defense establishment credits improved intelligence, IDF and PA security services operations and educational activities at Palestinian schools for the recent decline in terror attacks.

Israeli security forces patrol in Jerusalem on April 2016.
Emil Salman

Three Palestinians from Nablus who declared that they planned to carry out a terror attack in Jerusalem were detained and taken in for questioning by the Shin Bet and a special police force overnight, the security service said on Tuesday.

The Israel Defense Forces also detained three Palestinians who were wanted for questioning overnight. They were detained in Qalandiyah, Beit Umar and Battir in the West Bank. 

The defense establishment recently attributed the decline in terror attacks to operations by the IDF and the Palestinian security services.

The Israeli intelligence agencies – the Shin Bet and Military Intelligence – have also improved their capabilities to learn of assailants, especially on social media. In January, the IDF chief of staff said there had been no advanced warnings of attacks, but a senior official in the Central Command recently noted that this has changed, saying there are now warnings that help lead to the detention of potential assailants before they carry out attacks, either in their homes or on their way to the site where they planned to strike.

In addition to emphasizing the importance of the law-enforcement operations by Palestinian security services, the Israeli defense establishment has noted the activities carried out in Palestinian schools to prevent violence. These activities originated in the village of Sa'ir, home to 12 assailants in the current wave of terror, and expanded to other villages and towns.