Shin Bet chief: We thwarted abduction at last minute (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 05.30.12, 15:50)
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Yoram Cohen surveys security state at Knesset committee, says Hamas
is most dominant group in West Bank terror
Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen surveyed Israel´s security state at the
Knesset´s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on
Wednesday. "Recently we have managed to thwart an abduction attack at
the very last minute," he noted.
Cohen said that the past year has seen a rise in terrorist attacks
carried out with non-firearm means. He noted that 50% of West Bank
terror is carried out by Hamas and that out of 28 foiled terror
plots, at least 18 were organized by Hamas.
The Shin Bet chief noted that only a few of the Shalit deal detainees
resumed their terrorist activity after their release, and that 2,000
terrorists were arrested in the past year.
"The security coordination with the PA is good," he remarked, "but
it´s highly affected by the atmosphere on the street, public opinion
and state of the economy." Cohen said that Palestinian forces on the
most past caution instead of arrest or indict terror
elements. "Nevertheless, given a concrete Israeli warning, the PA
does act as it serves its interests too."
The Shin Bet chief estimated that the path chose by Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas, of demanding a settlement construction
freeze and seeking UN recognition, has mainly harmed the PA and
caused it more damage than good. "Abu Mazen (Abbas) now understands
his limitations. Reconciliation seems further away than ever."
Cohen noted that there has been a significant rise in efforts to
target Israeli and Jewish elements around the world, only some of
which have been publicized.
He also addressed the cyber war in the backdrop of the "Flame"
virus´s exposure. "We are at a stage in cyber warfare that can be
defined as on the verge of battle." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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