Heads of the Judia and Samaria Division (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
YNetNews By: Yossi Yehoshua
The number of terrorist attacks in Israel has marketdly decreased. A combination of preassure, incentives, and good management has led to this increase in security. The commanders of the Judea and Samaria region talk about their experiences and difficulties in achieving this monumental achievement.
“The quiet isn’t stable.” This is how Col. Shay Klapper, a battalion commander in the Samaria region describes the decrease in the number of terrorist attacks over the past few weeks. “When the wave is renewed, it will be at a much higher pace will be raised a few notches. It won’t return to be 13 year olds with knives,” he predicts.
“This wave of terror isn’t really behind us. The explosion on the bus in Jerusalem took us all back to the beginning of the 2000s.”
Col. Klapper, 40, is not alone is his evaluation. His five colleagues, also senior commanders of Judea and Samaria battalions, hold similar views. “Many measures are being undertaken at different levels, and that is what’s bringing the quiet.”
Samaria commander, Col. Yariv Ben-Ezra, 40, said “The number has significantly decreased, but only for now,” he said.
Undoubtedly, while Hamas is continuously digging tunnels in the south, and Hezbollah has been rearming for years in the north, the most intense area for the IDF over the past few months has been in the West Bank, which large security forces and personnel resources have been forced to address.