The Shin Bet successfully thwarted 190 terror attacks in 2013, 40 of which were coordinated by terrorists freed under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, according to the security service’s annual terror report, released on Monday.
The past year also saw a 40 percent drop in Israeli fatalities from Palestinian attacks, with six victims in 2013, as compared to 10 in 2012. The tally includes three IDF soldiers: Eden Atias, who was stabbed on an Afula bus in November; Tomer Hazan, kidnapped by a Palestinian coworker and murdered in the West Bank; and Gal Kobi, killed by sniper fire near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
Five out of the six deadly attacks occurred in the West Bank, as part of an overall uptick in militancy in the area. Nearly twice as many attacks were perpetrated in the region as compared to the previous year. In addition, the rate of homegrown attacks, including Molotov cocktails and stones, rose 60%.
While the West Bank saw an upsurge in attacks, the opposite trend was observed in the Gaza Strip, buttressing claims that Hamas is doing its utmost to quell attacks since the terror group reached a ceasefire agreement with Israel following Operation Pillar of Defense. While in 2012, 1,130 attacks emerged from the coastal enclave, only 55 acts of violence were reported last year.
As part of efforts to prevent violence, the Shin Bet arrested 2,500 suspected operatives last year, half of whom were later indicted.
The involvement of Israeli Arabs in terror activities continued to be minimal, and no Jewish or Israeli organizations abroad were targeted in 2013, the report said.