Palestinian Terrorism Increases, Aided by Hizbullah

With the signing of the Fatah-Hamas agreement and the Mughrabi Gate excavations, Palestinian terrorism has increased in recent days.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 11:41 AM

With the signing of the Fatah-Hamas agreement and the Mughrabi Gate excavations, Palestinian terrorism has increased in recent days - as have signs of Hizbullah involvement.

No fewer than 12 rock-throwing incidents were recorded over the past two days in Judea and Samaria, in which five people were wounded. In one case, two buses to Maaleh Adumim from Jerusalem were stoned with heavy rocks, smashing large windows in one of the buses and wounding one young woman in the head.

Meanwhile, the IDF has not let up in its attempts to arrest wanted terrorists. Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler reports that terrorists arrested last month revealed their ties with Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. One illegal Arab alien was arrested while gathering information on civilian infrastructures in Israel - at the behest of Hizbullah.

Especially over the last two years, Hizbullah has been increasing gathering information on Israel's security apparatus, civilian infrastructures such as electricity, energy and chemicals, and IDF deployment along the northern border. Hizbullah - funded and supervised by Iran - is also interested in Israeli politics and public opinion.

A security officer told Finkler that Hizbullah is developing a wide array of agents and sources in Israel for its information. In addition to the Israeli media, which unwittingly provided valuable information such as the precise location of Katyusha rocket landings during the recent war, Hizbullah is developing civilian and military agents who have access to other sensitive information and who can either be blackmailed or are interested in harming Israel. They must also be able to meet Hizbullah agents abroad. Among the prime candidates for such collaboration are drug dealers, other criminals, former and current police and army personnel, Israeli-Arabs, reporters and businessmen.

The wide-ranging drug smuggling network from Lebanon to Israel is a part of the Hizbullah information-gathering network. Israeli drug-runners are carefully watched, and part of the payment for the drugs is often sensitive Israeli information. It can be assumed that whatever Hizbullah receives about Israel is shared with its sponsor, Iran.

Recent Terror Round-Up
Two Israelis were hurt in a stoning incident at a car on Mt. of Olives, and a Border Guard policewoman was hurt in the Jabel Mukabar neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. A woman was hurt east of Kalkilye, and three Arabs were arrested after they threw Molotov cocktails northwest of Ramallah.

IDF forces arrested 18 wanted terrorists throughout Judea and Samaria last night, including 13 in the Hevron area and southward.

Terrorists fired an anti-tank rocket at an IDF patrol north of Gaza, causing no damage. Nearby, Israeli forces warned two terrorists to halt as they approached the border fence - and when they did not stop, the forces shot, killing one.