ISRAEL - 500 Terror Attacks Thwarted

Arno Froese

The IDF’s ongoing Operation Break the Wave in the West Bank has seen thousands of troops and reservists crack down on Palestinian terrorism, arresting over 3,000 suspects and thwarting over 500 terror attacks.

The operation began in late March after a series of terror attacks in Israeli cities left 20 people dead. Israeli security forces, including the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Israel Police have been carrying out raids during day and night against Palestinians suspected of terrorism.

In addition to offensive operations against terror suspects, eleven battalions have been deployed to the Seam Line—the separation barrier that in some areas is a significant distance eastward in the West Bank from the Green Line—which saw thousands of illegal infiltrations over the years as well as the smuggling of guns and other weaponry. 

Despite the military attempting to crack down on illegal infiltration and weapons smuggling, the increase in shooting attacks has become a major source of concern for the IDF.

And with the IDF cracking down on weapons smuggling, there has been a dramatic 300%-400% increase in the price of ammunition and weapons. If, for example, a bullet for an M-16 used to cost NIS 3, it now costs NIS 20., 28 November 2022

Arno's Commentary

It is significant that Israel, with the most effective military and the best security agency, still fails to maintain smuggling-proof borders. Another unrelated article states that more than 25,000 Arab Palestinians are working illegally in Israel. Thus, the question: how is that possible? 

When one views this development from an international perspective, the conclusion is simple: borders don’t work completely—only to a certain degree. Apparently, Europe is leading the world through the Schengen Agreement, which left borders open between EU countries.

The Schengen Agreement signed on June 14, 1985, is a treaty that led most of the European countries towards the abolishment of their national borders, to build a Europe without borders known as the “Schengen Area.” Signed in Luxemburg, initially by only five EU countries, the agreement remains one of the world’s biggest areas that [has] ended border control between member countries.

However, Israel is different. In the heart of the country, Judea and Samaria, Israel allowed Arab Palestinians to operate independently, based on the Oslo Accords. 

The Oslo Accords were a landmark moment in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. Actually a set of two separate agreements signed by the government of Israel and the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)—the militant organization established in 1964 to create a Palestinian state in the region—the Oslo Accords were ratified in Washington, D.C., in 1993 (Oslo I) and in Taba, Egypt, in 1995 (Oslo II).

But again, it did not work and is still unworkable, due to extremist elements within the Arab population. With the backing of the prevailing Muslim authorities, terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to declare that killing Jews is an honorable thing. Thus, Israel has no option: to protect its citizens, Israel will and must continue to act decisively.

In this horrible situation, one thing must be mentioned; namely, the true believers in Jesus Christ, who dare not openly practice their faith within their community. While we refrain from mentioning incidents, Scripture shows that there will be persecution, suffering, even loss of life. That is part of the calling of the Church. Let us pray for Arab Palestinian Christians.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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