Last week's shooting attacks that left two IDF soldiers and a precious young baby dead only highlighted the serious threat that armed terrorists pose to the people of Israel. JNS' Yaakov Lappin takes a look at how the IDF and Israeli intelligence are working together to shut down the many gun-factories in the West Bank that are providing these murderers with the tools of their trade:
On many occasions in the Israel Defense Forces’ ongoing battle against illegal guns in the West Bank, security forces seize such weapons before the terrorists can even arm themselves with them. But not always...
In most terrorist shootings, the terrorists are armed with locally produced automatic firearms, dubbed “Carlos” since they are roughly designed as replicates of the Carl Gustav Swedish sub-machine gun.
But the recent attacks involved standard industrial firearms, which are not prone to jams and are far more accurate, resulting in significantly worse casualties when they fall into the wrong hands...
But most of the hard work that goes into disrupting the West Bank gun industry takes the form of nightly raids, targeting workshops that contain lathes—machines that shape metal and are used by illicit gun-makers to produce firearms.
A military source from the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division told JNS about such efforts, aimed, he said, at eventually “draining the swamp.”
“We in the division deal a lot with preventative campaigns,” the officer said, explaining that the war on terrorism is based on three pillars: disrupting the gun market, seizing terrorist financing and arresting terror suspects—“people who we want out of the territory...”