While, baruch Hashem, there have not been mass terror attacks of late, it’s not for terrorists’ lack of trying, said Nadav Argaman, director of the Shin Bet. Over the past year, the Shin Bet has, b’chasdei Shamayim, actively stopped some 400 terror attacks, including 13 suicide bombing attacks and eight attempted kidnappings. Over 1,100 “lone wolf” terrorists were arrested before they were able to carry out attacks. There were 54 such attacks this year, compared to 108 in 2016.
In an end-of-year summation, Argaman said that “the Palestinian arena is very unstable, both in Gaza and in Yehudah and Shomron. Certainly after the declaration by President Trump recognizing Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital, things have become more difficult. Hamas is trying with all its strength to carry out attacks in Yehudah and