First Published: 2017-03-20

Israel Shin Bet chief warns calm is 'deceiving'
Head of Israel's internal security service Nadav Argaman tells parliament not to be fooled by 'current relative calm' in region which is 'deceiving'.
Middle East Online

Relatively calm Palestinian shepherd stands on his donkey in the illegally occupied West Bank

TEL AVIV - The head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security service warned Monday against complacency despite the "relative calm" prevailing in Israel and the Palestinian territories, in rare public remarks.

Speaking to parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman told lawmakers not to be fooled by the "current relative calm".

The situation, he said in remarks carried by Israeli public radio, "is deceiving".

"It is misleading," Argaman said, because the Palestinian Islamist group "Hamas and global jihadists are constantly trying to carry out attacks on Israeli territory and in Judea-Samaria (Religious Jewish term for the illegally occupied West Bank)."

A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 256 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count.

Israel insists that most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, but many were killed during protests, in clashes or in Israeli air raids on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Argaman said the relative calm is the result of new "anti-terrorism" methods adopted by Shin Bet.

"We have learned to confront individual terrorism and made changes thanks to technological, operational and intelligence developments," he said.

Argaman said Shin Bet has "arrested more than 400 would-be assailants before they were able to act".

 

Turkey, US agree to ‘work together’ in Syria

Fears of expanding Syrian war could trigger peace deal

Netanyahu warns Iran, brandishes piece of metal

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iranian mountains

Students in Damascus brave shelling to attend school

Israeli, US officials meet over gas row with Lebanon

Iran's supreme leader says progress needed on justice

Syria Kurds claim striking positions in Turkey

Saudi women to open businesses without male permission

Netanyahu slams 'outrageous' Holocaust remark by Polish PM

Israeli air strikes kill 2 in Gaza

Six suffer breathing difficulties after Turkish shelling in Afrin

Russian mercenaries - a discrete weapon in Syria

Iran protests ban on wrestler who threw bout to avoid Israel

Battle to free Mosul of IS 'intellectual terrorism'

Turkey frees Garman-Turk journalist after one year without charge

Turkey hands life sentences to 3 journalists for Gulen links

Thousands protest corruption in Tel Aviv amid PM indictment call

Prominent jihadist commander killed by rival Syria rebels

300 Russians killed in Syria battle last week

Tillerson, Erdogan have ‘productive, open’ talk

Iran raises rates, freezes accounts in bid to shore up rial

Kremlin says five Russians killed in US Syria strikes

Oman FM in rare visit by Arab official to Jerusalem

Senior IS leader extradited to Iraq from Turkey

Strikes hit another hospital in Syria's Idlib

Churches snub Jerusalem reception over tax dispute with Israeli authorities

Tillerson says US never gave 'heavy arms' to Kurdish YPG

Captured foreign IS suspects claim innocence

Yemeni mother awaits death penalty for spying for UAE

Fuel shortage shuts down Gaza's only power plant

Morocco arrests three suspected IS terrorists

Family of dead environmentalist in Iran threatened

Israel hands life sentence to Palestinian for triple murder

US appeals to Turkey to concentrate on fighting IS

Turkey sets up new 'observation point' in Syria's Idlib

Malaysia rejects criticism over Israeli visit

Tillerson in Ankara to ease Turkey tensions

Egypt arrests ex-presidential candidate

Tillerson: Hezbollah is part of Lebanon's 'political process'

Netanyahu says government ‘stable’ despite police recommending indictment

Corruption accusations facing Netanyahu

Syria denies ‘unacceptable’ chemical weapons use

Nations pledge nearly $25 billion toward Iraq's reconstruction

Egypt remands in custody former anti-corruption chief