ISA Chief: Hamas Trying to Carry Out Attacks with Directions from Gaza, Turkey, and Lebanon

Speaking before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Nadav Argaman said that his agency thwarted 480 terror attacks and 219 Hamas cells, and arrested 590 lone attackers in the past year

Credit: Knesset Spokesperson's Office

ISA Chief Nadav Argaman said on Tuesday that the relative calm in the West Bank is "deceiving," and that Hamas is still trying to carry out terror attacks with directions from Gaza, Turkey, and Lebanon.

Speaking before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Argaman said that his agency thwarted 480 terror attacks and 219 Hamas cells, and arrested 590 lone attackers in the past year. These numbers, he said, "attest to the extent of terrorism beneath the surface."

The director also noted that the Israel Security Agency foiled cyberattacks on Israel as well as espionage attempts.

While there are reports that Israel and Hamas have reached a possible ceasefire deal, Argaman warned the Knesset that the situation remains precarious.

"The situation in the Palestinian arena has been very unstable this past year," he said. On Gaza, he cited the danger of a flare-up on the one hand and attempts to stabilize the humanitarian situation on the other.

"In Judea and Samaria, the situation is very complex," Argaman continued. "At a superficial level, there is relative calm, but it is deceptive. The ground is very combustible."

 

[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz]

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