Prime Minister Netanyahu contended in the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday, April 10th, that one of the main factors that encourages terrorism is its success and that Israel must therefore be focused on reducing the successes of terrorism.
“The main factor leading to the spread of terrorism, whether it is with us or elsewhere, is success,” said Netanyahu. “If we reduce success, then we reduce participation and that is the main thing that we are doing and will continue to do along with very resolute action against incitement of the Palestinian public, of course.”
Netanyahu praised the efforts of the IDF, the General Security Service (GSS), and the Israeli police to achieve a reduction in the frequency of Palestinian attacks against Israelis.
“I want to praise the IDF, the GSS, and the police on the implementation of this policy as well as the vigilance of soldiers, police officers, commanders, and the combined effort of offense and defense which have caused terrorist operatives to be less successful,” added Netanyahu.
An analysis by the GSS has shown that the rate of terror attacks per month declined from 78 last October to 20 in March and that there have been a total of 270 terror attacks since October 1, 2015. A total of 29 Israelis have been killed along with four foreigners in addition to the approximately 250 victims injured during the wave of terror attacks.
The GSS claims that its “effective deterrence” tactics have helped reduce the number of terror attacks and have convinced Palestinians that a continuation in the wave of terror attacks would be a fruitless endeavor.
Despite the reduction in the rate of terror attacks, the prime minister expressed the need to be cautious. “I say this very carefully because this trend can be reversed,” added Netanyahu.
The GSS analysis also revealed that Israeli security forces have managed to foil more than 290 terror attacks since the beginning of 2015. A total of 25 of those attacks were attempted kidnappings and 15 of them were attempted suicide attacks.