On Sunday, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz reported a significant rise in Palestinian terror attacks since the formation of the government of PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
A paratroopers brigade uncovered an explosives lab in a village north of Shechem last night, and sappers blew it up. In Hevron, IDF forces last night caught the mastermind of the ambush attack of last November in which 12 soldiers and civilian fighters lost their lives between Hevron and Kiryat Arba. An M-16 rifle, a gun, two IDF grenades and nine rifle magazines were found in his home. The forces encircled his home, and after a few hours of negotiations, he gave himself up.