Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says more than 15 terrorist attacks were foiled before Ramzan

In the run-up to recent terrorist attacks that intensified against Israel after the start of Ramzan, Israeli security forces were placed on high alert during the Islamic holy month. In a recent statement, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said security forces had recently foiled more than 15 terror attacks in the Jewish state.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Bennet said the recent spate of attacks should serve as a wake-up call during a visit to an army outpost in the West Bank. “The last two weeks, during which we have been confronted with serious terrorist attacks, are a wake-up call for all of us. The spate of attacks should prompt those responsible to act after years of neglect and fix what needs fixing with all of our might,” Bennett said in a media interview.

Starting next Sunday, Israel is expected to host a high-level security meeting to discuss rising tensions over Palestinian terrorist activity in the West Bank and heightened fears of violence during Ramzan. Security officials have expressed concern over a further escalation in violence during the holy month of Ramzan. Last week, Prime Minister Bennett held a meeting with the Shin Bet internal security service to assess the situation after an upsurge in armed attacks and gunfire in cities as well as in the West Bank.

The prime minister said security officials are currently acting very aggressively. “So far, the IDF, the Shin Bet and the Israel Police have foiled more than 15 serious attacks planned by terrorist elements in the West Bank and the rest of Israel. Amid Palestinian and Arab-Israeli threats, Bennett reported that more than 200 suspects have been arrested, dozens of raids have been carried out and more than 400 people linked to Islamic State or other “extreme jihadist organizations”. have been identified.

Last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) killed 3 suspected terrorists in a shootout in the West Bank city of Jenin. According to reports, the team of Palestinian terrorists were planning attacks in Israel in the near future. During the Jewish holiday of Shabbat, the Shin Bet internal security service, police, IDF and anti-terrorist units halted an impending attack that was ravaging the country.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, in an interview with Palestinians residing in the West Bank, warned: “We are going through a difficult period of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens, a situation that we cannot accept. We are thinking about what measures we can take in honor of Ramzan to allow you to celebrate the holiday in the best possible way, while maintaining security.

Terrorist attacks in the cities of Beersheba, Hadera and Bnei Brak in recent weeks have killed more than 11 civilians, making it the deadliest string of such attacks in Israel for many years. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in Beer Sheva and Hadera. Reports of nightly riots in the city of Jerusalem began since Ramzan with more than dozens injured and arrested in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

On March 30, New Delhi issued a statement of solidarity with Israel. Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted: “We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Israel. Our condolences to the families of the victims. Naftali Bennett was supposed to be on a visit to India between April 1-4, which was later postponed following his treatment for Covid-19.

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