When terror attacks such as last week's shooting outside of Jerusalem occur, it reminds those of us who stand for Israel of the unsure sense of safety and security that Israelis must live with. Writing at JNS, Yaakov Lappin says that such attacks shed light on the constant struggle Israeli security forces must undertake in order to prevent terrorists from committing their planned atrocities against the Jewish state and her people:
Most of the time, the situation looks calm. But hidden from view is the titanic struggle raging 24 hours a day between Israel’s security forces and Palestinian terrorists. The latter are working relentlessly to try and commit atrocities.
In July and August alone, the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency and the IDF thwarted more than 70 terror cells in the territories. The cells were busy planning and trying to execute attacks.
There are two main kinds of threats that Israeli security forces prevent: unorganized and organized.
When it comes to the world of organized terrorism, Hamas leads the way. In Gaza, Hamas has become an Islamist government, which commands its own army and rocket arsenal. But in the territories, it still operates like a terrorist organization. Hamas is continuously trying to set up, fund and arm cells in the territories, and dispatch them on jihadist missions against Israeli targets—on both sides of the 1949 armistice line.
Yet these efforts usually run into a brick wall, otherwise known as Israel’s counter-terrorism operations...