Approximately 250 terrorist attacks were thwarted in Israel since January and more than 400 Palestinians planning isolated attacks were arrested, the head of the Israel Security Agency Nadav Argaman said on Wednesday.
Speaking at an international counter-terrorism conference held today by the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, Argaman said the attacks the ISA foiled this year include planned suicide attacks, kidnapping, and shootings.
“The ISA is dealing with many and varied threats of terrorism,” Argaman said. “The map of threats and challenges is diverse and has been deployed in a number of unstable and challenging arenas.”
He told participants that alongside threats of institutionalized terror, the phenomenon of “the lone terrorist” has been conspicuous in recent years, often acting out of imitation and inspiration, and in many cases following inflammatory discourse on social networks. “The ISA knew how to adapt itself to this threat and to act via technological, intelligence, and operational means to locate these hazards in advance,” he said.
“A crushing blow against terror is made possible by combining high-quality and dedicated human capital, advanced technology, and unique and professional methods of operation.
“The ISA’s extensive investment in technological developments in the areas of Big Data, learning systems, and artificial intelligence creates a quantum leap in transitioning from exhaustion to intelligence forecasting in order to thwart terror intentions and attacks in advance.
“As a learning, integrating, advanced, and technological organization, we have emphasized the value of integration and the value of innovation, and we place great emphasis on strategic cooperation with our partners in the community, in Israel and abroad, the Israeli high-tech industry, and other civilian bodies. At the same time, the ISA continues its determination to thwart classic terrorism, using its various means of information gathering and active prevention.”