Liberman: We’ve thwarted terror attacks in recent days meant to disrupt New Year
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Liberman: We’ve thwarted terror attacks in recent days meant to disrupt New Year

In Rosh Hashanah toast with IDF soldiers, defense minister says Israelis will be able to celebrate holiday with confidence and security following army’s recent operations

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (blue shirt) speaks at a new year's toast with IDF soldiers on September 9, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (blue shirt) speaks at a new year's toast with IDF soldiers on September 9, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday that the IDF has thwarted several terror attacks in the last few days meant to disrupt Rosh Hashanah celebrations.

“In recent days, too, we have arrested suspects and prevented terror attacks,” Liberman said, addressing a company from the Armoured Corps at a toast for the Jewish New Year that starts Sunday evening.

“The people of Israel will be able to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with confidence and quiet thanks to IDF soldiers and security forces who will continue to tour and protect us all during the holiday,” he said, without divulging further details.

The defense minister thanked the company of Armoured corps soldiers, who are also responsible for guarding the West Bank settlement of Nokdim, where he lives.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered similar praise of the Shin Bet security service at a new year’s toast last week where he claimed that “not a day goes by in which there is no thwarting” of an attack.

Netanyahu credited the work of the security agency with helping Israel to avoid much of the violence that has engulfed other countries in the Middle East.

“The Shin Bet deters, thwarts, and defeats on a daily and hourly basis those who want us dead,” Netanyahu said at a toast with security chiefs for the upcoming Jewish new year.

Israeli security services documented 255 attacks last month, including 11 in Jerusalem, the Shin Bet security service said in its monthly report published earlier this month. The June tally was 220 incidents.

Despite the increase, the figures in July were well below those of May, when 365 incidents were documented — the highest number in over two years.

Nearly two-thirds of the attacks recorded in July involved firebombs. Incidents involving the hurling of rocks at Israelis and their cars are not included in Shin Bet reports.

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