The recent spate of terror attacks around the world, many carried out by lone-wolf assailants, has much of the world now facing a challenge that Israel has been dealing with for years. Thankfully, officials in Israel have made strides in identifying potential lone-wolf attackers before they carry out acts of violence and destruction.
While the challenge of halting such assaults can seem next to impossible, Israeli officials say an alert system incorporating social media monitoring, basic human intelligence and other means has helped prevent or limit bloodshed.
Analysts say that such efforts will always be limited, however, and rights activists question whether abuses are taking place. Israeli officials nonetheless say methods developed since October have proved useful.
Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say, and the vast majority were acting alone.
"We understand that once we assembled three or four profiles, most of the attackers were inside those specific lines of those profiles," a senior Israeli military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.