Jerusalem – The Israel General Security Service [GSS] 2007 report indicates that the number of terror attacks and the number of Israeli casualties were the lowest since the eruption of the Palestinian rebellion in the year 2000.

The GSS defines every incident of gunfire and every rocket fired at Israel as a terror attack. With that being the case, Palestinians in 2007 committed 2,946 terror attacks in which 13 Israelis were killed.

Seven of the dead were civilians and six were soldiers.

A total of 1,263 Kassam rockets and 1,511 mortar shells were fired at Israel in the course of 2007.

While the Israeli security establishment has been hard put to stop the rocket fire at Israel, the effort made by the GSS, the IDF and the Israel Police against suicide bombers has born fruit. As opposed to 2006, in which six suicide bombing attacks were carried out, in 2007 exactly one suicide bomber successfully completed his task. Three Israelis were killed in that terror attack, which was carried out last January in Eilat.

The GSS report also indicates that the motivation within the terror organizations to carry out suicide bombing attacks has diminished.

A total of 29 suicide bombing attacks were thwarted at the last moment in 2007 as opposed to 37 planned suicide bombing attacks that were thwarted in 2006.

Until October 2007 close to 4,000 people suspected of terrorist activity were arrested in the West Bank, 117 of whom were potential suicide bombers. For comparison’s sake, in 2006 the GSS arrested 5,000 terror activists out of whom 279 were potential suicide bombers. In other words, at issue is a 60 percent drop in the number of potential suicide bombers who were arrested.

The GSS warned in its report that the tunnels that run beneath Philadelphi Road have served in the past year as an oxygen pipeline for the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. In the past half year only, ever since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, at least 80 tons of explosives were imported.

The GSS believes that weaponry is not the only thing that passes through the tunnels but money as well. GSS officials suspect that tens of millions of dollars have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip, mainly from Iran.

Dozens upon dozens of Hamas activists left for Iran to receive military training in the course of the past year. They returned to the Gaza Strip via the tunnels in possession of knowledge that has helped Hamas function as an organized military force.

The GSS report stipulates that the Army of Islam, the organization that took part in Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping, is actually an operation branch of al-Qaida in the Gaza Strip. “In 2007 there was a rise in the volume of global terrorism activity in the Gaza Strip,” reads the report.

Al-Qaida is not the only foreign entity involved in the turn of events in the Gaza Strip. According to the report, Hezbollah passes on more than $10 million every year to promote terrorist activity against Israel. The GSS believes that 65 terror cells operated in 2007 under Hezbollah guidance, as opposed to 80 such cells in 2006.

Palestinian terror activists who were arrested by the GSS said under questioning that Hezbollah had encouraged them to commit as many terror attacks as possible, without caring about their quality.

©The Bulletin 2008

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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