Israeli security and police forces are not responding to an increase in terrorist attacks in the Judea and Samaria regions, but they are seeing an increased amount of sophistication of the Palestinian terrorists' infrastructure and planning, an Israeli security commander noted on Tuesday.
The tradeoff appears to be fewer terror attacks with which Israeli security forces must contend, but the attacks perpetrated have a higher level of success, according to Col. Yossi Pinto, the commander of the Binyamin Regional Brigade during a meeting to review incidents from last year in his sector in the IDF’s Central Command.
Col. Pinto participated in an event to mark the Jewish New Year and to review incidents from last year in his sector in the IDF’s Central Command.
“During the year we dedicated long months to thwarting and preventing terror incidents, which ultimately led to relative quiet in the sector,” he noted.
“In recent weeks we have once again found ourselves in a challenging time. What is happening in Syria and Egypt may be far off but could reach us very quickly. Our mission was and will remain to defend the Israeli communities of the Binyamin region and the citizens of this country – a mission which has become more complex in recent months.”
Col. Pinto added that the recent Jewish holiday added to the security challenges brought about by the instability in the region.
In addition to the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza, the instability emanates from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other hotbeds of radical Islamists.
“It demands from us a high level of intelligence gathering, and we are testing ourselves to ensure that our efforts are truly achieving the necessary level of intelligence. The level of terrorism has been and remains challenging,” Col. Pinto said.
“There was no dramatic rise in the amount of terrorism but there is an increase in the level of terrorist infrastructure and planning,” said the veteran counterterrorism expert.
“The threat of shooting attacks directed at our forces is significant. Due to the size of the territory we often work in smaller groups, which requires us to be professional and well-trained,” Col. Pinto said.