In a new, explosive report by Israeli media, the defense forces potentially avoided a major terror attack by Hamas in Jerusalem, carrying nightly operations in the Jenin area and throughout Judea and Samaria in recent days.
In order to arrest prominent members of the Hamas terror group, Israel’s security forces kept a watchful eye on the cells that were trying to hint at suicide attacks similar to the second intifada. In their operation, the IDF arrested about 20 members of the cell but believe that some members are still on the loose.
Speaking about the Sunday raid that killed key Hamas terrorists and also led to the wounding of some Israeli soldiers, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said that that the raid thwarted planned terror attacks in large cities in Israel. “The terrorists arrested in the operation could have carried out attacks on Jerusalem, Netanya, Tel Aviv or elsewhere,” Kochavi said. “[The operation] was a considerable achievement achieved via the cooperation of the IDF with the Shin Bet and the police anti-terror unit. Similar raids are carried out dozens of times each week and provide Israel with the security it requires in Judea and Samaria and beyond.”
On Wednesday, another operation was carried out by the forces near Jenin, where one terrorist opened fire on the soldiers, who returned fire, killing the terrorist. The gunman was later identified as a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist movement.