Terror attacks halved in August

Israel Security Agency report shows terror levels back to 'normal' after July spike.

JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Scene of terror attack in Jerusalem
Scene of terror attack in Jerusalem
Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

The number of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis more than halved last month from July, constituting the sharpest decrease in terror attacks since the current terror wave began in 2015.

The Israel Security Agency (ISA), recorded in August 110 terrorist attacks on Israelis compared to 222 the previous month, the agency said in its monthly report published earlier this week.

The decrease brought the number of attacks back to a level similar from before the terror spike in July, which resulted in the highest number of terror attacks in any month since December 2015. From January 2016 onward, Israel saw on average 121 attacks against its citizens per month.

The attacks in August resulted in two injuries, both from stabbings, to victims. There were no fatalities in August from terrorist attacks against Israelis. July was one of the deadliest months in terms of Israeli victims of terrorist attacks since 2015, with five dead.

The decrease in terrorist activity was especially steep in Jerusalem, where attacks fell in August by 73 percent to 24 terror attacks. The decrease in Judea and Samaria was less dramatic: A 36-percent drop to a total of 83 terror attacks.

In July, three Muslim Arab terrorists murdered two Druze police officers. In response, Israel placed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount. These security measures prompted an outcry from the Palestinian Authority, the Jordanian Waqf and the Jordanian government, which demanded a return to the status quo.

Israel eventually caved to pressure, dismantling the metal detectors two weeks after installing them. However, the Arab riots and incitement continued.