West Bank Stability Could "Vanish in an Instant"

(Times of Israel) Capt. Barak Raz - The lack of "successful" terror attacks from the West Bank in recent years should never be confused with a lack of motivation or desire on the part of Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or the dozens of other organizations that work tirelessly in order to reestablish themselves in the region. The relative calm and security stability that exists in the West Bank today has by and large resulted from an ongoing security effort headed by the IDF. This security effort includes routine security operations (which include the security fence, crossings, and riot containment) and ongoing counterterrorism operations (which include arrests and intelligence-gathering and analysis). While many have grown accustomed to the current situation, we mustn't kid ourselves - the violent currents are strong and they are just beneath the surface. The hard-won security stability is the product of over a decade of effective counterterrorism and routine security operations; and it can all vanish in an instant. Capt. Barak Raz has just completed two years as spokesperson for the Judea and Samaria Division of the Israel Defense Forces.

2013-08-12 00:00:00

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