Fri 02 Jun 2023 11:12 pm - Jerusalem Time
West Bank missiles worry "Israel"!
The attempt to launch a missile from a village in Tulkarm in the northern West Bank about two weeks ago was nothing but an early warning that ignited movement within the Israeli Shin Bet and the various security systems.
In the scenario of the series “Fauda” in the fourth part, which is an Israeli series of several parts that fictionalizes an Israeli war against Palestinian organizations, the Lebanese Hezbollah finances an armed cell in Jenin in order to manufacture missiles, and a number of them are thwarted before Israel is surprised by firing several missiles towards Various targets, which raised a state of anxiety, in that series, in which Shin Bet members were watching the dangerous security incident on giant screens.
This representative scenario may turn out to be a reality, which is what worries the Shin Bet and the security system, as mentioned in a report by the Hebrew Channel 12.
After the assassination of the leader of the Islamic Jihad, Tariq Ezzedine, a liberated prisoner from Jenin, deported to Gaza, and he was assassinated on the ninth of last May, the head of the Shin Bet, Ronen Bar, came out in a conference and revealed that a cell behind which Ezzedine was standing, which he recruited to manufacture missiles, had been thwarted. From Jenin, to launch them towards Israel, and he said that we will not allow Afula or Shked to be turned into a target for launching rockets from Jenin.
The Hebrew channel says that on the 18th of last April, a force of Dovdovan, paratroopers, and border guards entered the heart of the Jenin camp, and arrested 3 Islamic Jihad activists, they are Abd al-Karim Ibrahim Jaradat, his brother Ahmed, and their cousin Amjad Jaradat. .
Shalom Ben Hanan, a former senior officer in the Shin Bet, says that thwarting such an infrastructure takes place after receiving intelligence information from various sources, both human and technological.
The channel indicates that at that stage, integrated assassination operations were being planned in Gaza, even if at the expense of escalation, and in return work was being done to thwart any ability to carry out attacks from the West Bank, and the sudden opening strike was the important event in this story when it was carried out. Thwarting the entire leadership structure, who planned, financed and tried to transfer their experience from Gaza to the West Bank.
The channel recounted a long history of rocket fire from the West Bank, the first of which was in 1970 by launching two Katyusha rockets from the village of Battir near Jerusalem towards the city, which caused damage, and in 1971 it was launched from Deir Ballut near Ramallah towards Petah Tikva, killing 4 Israeli women. At that time, the cell was liquidated when it tried to flee towards Jordan.
Retired Major General Uzi Dayan, former deputy of the General Staff, says that this was part of the threats that Israel faced, and almost caused a change in the situation, and thanks to operational and technological intelligence, many attacks were thwarted, stressing the need to preserve intelligence capabilities and not rely on the Palestinian Authority In the "war on terror" or any other party, in order to thwart any similar threat.
During the beginning of the second intifada, which began in 2000, there were similar attempts from Jenin, Tulkarem, and Nablus. In Operation Defensive Shield, factories for producing missiles were destroyed in Nablus that were to be transferred to other governorates. The manufacture of missiles in Al-Yamoun was thwarted by a cell of the Qassam in 2005. Transferring 8 more missiles that year from Nablus to other areas.
The channel indicated that there were other attempts to manufacture rockets from Jenin and other areas in the northern West Bank, and there were also failed attempts to launch rockets that exploded in their place, all of which were primitive, noting that the last of them was a few days ago from Tulkarm, and it turned out that it was a rocket containing cardboard and fireworks.
Amos Gilad, the former head of the Political Security Department at the Ministry of the Army, and head of the research department at AMAN, says that the West Bank is the most sensitive area, and if rockets were launched towards Kfar Saba, Afula, or others, this would be the most dangerous event, and therefore the security apparatus counts for success. So far, it has prevented Palestinian organizations from possessing such weapons for decades, except in isolated cases, and they quickly failed.