The past 12 months have seen the lowest number of terror attacks this decade, and the least number of Israeli casualties of terror.
This is according to a report from the Israeli Security Agency «Shin Bet» released Wednesday.
The Shin Bet credits the low number on the ability of Israeli security forces to thwart attacks, as well as efforts by Palestinian security organizations.
According to the report, 15 Israelis were killed in the past year, down from 36 fatalities in 2008. Out of the 15, nine were killed during Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s three week offensive in Gaza that began exactly a year ago.
Of the nine people killed during the conflict, five were killed as a result of rocket fire. The other four were Israel Defense Forces soldiers who died as a result of friendly fire.
After the conflict, a soldier was killed on the Gaza border from an explosion planted by terrorists linked to Al Qaida.
Five Israelis were killed in terror attacks originating from the West Bank, among them Rabbi Meir Hai, who was killed several days ago in a shooting attack near Nablus.
The decrease in the number of deaths from terror attacks is also a result of the decrease in the number of rockets fired into Israel.
The report also noted that Hamas was reigning in activities of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Gaza.
Source: Israeli daily «Haaretz».
Its worth noticing that fewer Israelis were killed by terrorist in 2009.
There are several reasons for this.
First the extraordinary good job done by Israeli security official. I have been to Israel twice within a year, and have felt very safe. From the security drill at the departure for Israel, to the returned from Ben Gurion airport.
The second reason, is that the Islamic Movement has changed its tactics. Years of blunt violence against Jews had an impact on public opinion, and made the International community more negative to political Islam.
Today the Intifada is fought globally, a bid to demonize and de-legitimize that Jewish state of Israel. This war is fought by blue-colored lawyers, NGO`s and lobby organization that are wolves that appear is sheep clothing. The Islamic Movement has halted their armed struggle while they let their public Relation campaign against the Jewish people run to its logic conclusion.
If the Islamic movement had halted their violent attacks in a big to restore the peace process, they would not have stored up more rockets pointing into Israel. That Hizbullah now have more rockets ready to be fired to slaughter the civilian population inside the Jewish homeland, makes us aware of this dangerous deception.