Israel’s outdated counter-terror methods don’t work against new Palestinian terrorist generation

Younger, more ruthless Palestinian terrorists first made their mark seven months ago with the murder in the Barkan industrial zone of Ziv Hajbi, 35, from Rishon LeZion and Kim Levengrund-Yehezkel, 28, from Rosh Ha’Ayrin. There, for the first time, we witnessed a new breed of terrorist – hitherto dismissed as “lone wolves” rather than members of a terrorist organization – who coolly plan ahead, procure weapons and mark out their targets after systematic reconnaissance. Their object is to kill and injure as many Israelis as possible. The young Palestinian killer prepares an escape route and bolt-hole with the help of willing accomplices. The “ideological” terrorist, who was wont to leave a will before blowing himself up with his victims, has made way for this new breed of mass killer, an advent marked by five features

  1.  They have lost their fear of the IDF and go directly for Israeli soldiers and border guard police.
  2. Although army chiefs deny the influence of the “Eisenkot Effect” or “Elor Azaria syndrome” on the troops (the former prosecuted the latter for killing a prone Palestinian terrorist in Hebron), the fact remains that in the last three major terrorist attacks, the soldiers on the spot hesitated to shoot back. This is what happened on Dec. 9, 2018 when Palestinian gunmen in an attack at the Ofra junction took the life of an infant; in the Dec. 13, Givat Assaf attack, in which Palestinian gunmen shot dead two soldiers; and again, on Sunday, March 17, when two Palestinian killers stabbed then shot dead 1st Sgt. Gal Kaydan at the Ariel junction before snatching his M-16 and commandeering a passing car. They then continued their shooting spree at Giti Avishar junction and grievously injured two more Israelis.
  3. The terrorists take advantage of the highways of Judea and Samaria, which are open to the use of Israelis and Palestinians alike, for multiple attacks, moving easily from one scene to the next.
  4. Since last October, these killers have got away and stayed at large by studying IDF standard responses to an attack. While still on the run, these terrorists are free to prepare more attacks.
  5. They find encouragement from witnessing how during Hamas’ year-long cross-border campaign from the Gaza Strip, the IDF and Israel’s security chiefs were frozen in place for initiatives to cope with the menace, aside from predictable aerial bombardments.

DEBKAfile’s military analysts conclude that the IDF, the Border Guard, the Shin Bet security service and their masters, by remaining trapped in outdated methods of operation and static responses, have left the arena of confrontation to the young Palestinians who are seizing the chance to make their mark.
Prime Minister/Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the minister Yoav Galant, who often represents him, declared that the killers will be caught and brought to account. This tired old mantra offers no remedy. Even when they are eventually brought to book, more of the new Palestinian terrorists are still out there and confident they can outwit their old enemy.

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29 thoughts on “Israel’s outdated counter-terror methods don’t work against new Palestinian terrorist generation

  • Mar 17, 2019 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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    Untie the soldiers hands . No prisoners

    • Mar 18, 2019 @ 3:08 at 3:08
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      Shoot first, then ask questions.

    • Mar 18, 2019 @ 7:35 at 7:35
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      Israel is afraid to retaliate because they are worried about negative world press and condemnation. The palestinians’ know this, as they are public relations Masters.

      Israel must learn from the palestinians and the Muslims: They have to adopt a proactive public relations media campaign to correct the fallacies propagated by the palestinians.

      In this world of 24 7 News, staying out of the news only allows the other side to misrepresent the truth, which the news media no seems to enjoy broadcasting.

      Only then will Israel be able to deal with these guerilla terrorists.

      No other country in the world would stands for this.

      • Mar 18, 2019 @ 14:24 at 14:24
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        Libtard left media do not care about dead Jews in israel. They only report what Israel does in response, if there is a response. The enemy is the left Israel bashing enablers of Jew murderers, the UN and the like. We will never solve this problem. We just need to proceed without the world behind us cause they all hate us.

      • Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:03 at 15:03
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        No other country murders 200 non violent demonstrators.

    • Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:00 at 15:00
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      The pathetic antisemitic squatter army are LAME LOSERS WHO ACCOMPLISH NOTHING. Whenever they ‘attack’ Gaza, they bomb from 35,000 feet using weapons bought with welfare checks to kill 2000 grandmas and children.

      Then the indigenous semitic resistance kicks them in the teeth.

      Then they declare victory and flee.

      Imagine how Hizbolla will tear them up.

    • Mar 18, 2019 @ 20:56 at 20:56
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      Amen to that! Sounds like the Vietnam War all over again when politicians and judges tied the hands of our troop from fighting to win.

  • Mar 17, 2019 @ 20:01 at 20:01
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    Breaking: Highest ranking Iranian commanders visit Damascus TODAY. Soleimani one of them.

    • Mar 17, 2019 @ 20:38 at 20:38
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      A drone strike would have been a nice gesture,……….

    • Mar 17, 2019 @ 20:58 at 20:58
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      Well written

  • Mar 17, 2019 @ 21:58 at 21:58
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    agree with Norbus
    Untie the soldiers hands .

  • Mar 17, 2019 @ 22:27 at 22:27
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    mr bibi security is a coward, if they vote to put him in again ,you will get the weak hand & more off the same

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 2:31 at 2:31
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    Esinkot Effect? Yes, indeed, charging that young IDF medic for murdering a Palestinian terrorist unfortunately threw cold water on a lot of other soldier’s nerve. Shame on Eisenkot.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 3:03 at 3:03
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    Bad news for the terrorist population of Arab persuasion living in Judea and Samaria:

    Nowhere in the areas A, B, or C of the Oslo accords is terrorism permitted.
    As a consequence you have unilaterally annulled the Oslo accords and you must now move out in area J of Jordan.

    Fakuverymuch for your attention.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 3:50 at 3:50
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    The Iranians/Hezbollah are probably providing some training to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel seems to have adopted a policy of “wait-and-see” and “let’s not rock the boat,” with its hesitation. And bombs empty structures. In return, the Kremlin is offering to withdraw some of their military muscle from this region. So, nu? Now the former USSR can feel confident that Israel will become so preoccupied with staving off the next terror attack and the next, and the next, etc., (and probably not succeeding well), that Israel won’t be in a position to become more aggressive, militarily, abroad. Not a good trade-off.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 3:58 at 3:58
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    I’d still trust Israel’s counter-terrorism systems over any other country’s.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 4:01 at 4:01
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    What a pathetic army!

    Dude knocks off an antisemitic landgrabber with a knife, grabs his gun, and phucks with a whole bunch more of them.

    These are the clowns that will defeat Persia, eh? Even though they can’t stop AhedTamimi (gutless, pathetic Mossad word-fairies censor her name)!

    #GlobalLaughingstock

    • Mar 18, 2019 @ 17:12 at 17:12
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      Who cares? They have thoroughly sodomized “Palestine” and that’s all that matters…even a blind squirrel is going to find a nut, now and again. 🐿

    • Mar 19, 2019 @ 2:48 at 2:48
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      You can just wait until the multi front war starts…They are saying it will be worse than the Yom Kippur war… They will turn the army loose to do what ever it takes to win…Then tell us about how brave you Koranimals are!! Just because the Leaders of Israel are cowards does not mean those who will show up to fight will be… Please stand against us.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 6:56 at 6:56
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    These attacks are small incursions drills so they keep building new tunnels with hezbollah and Iran partnership.
    For mayor incursions.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 8:57 at 8:57
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    Sick of hearing this all the time….”… in the last three major terrorist attacks, the soldiers on the spot hesitated to shoot back.”

    This IS the azaria effect. Its killing people.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 9:11 at 9:11
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    The answer. Now is the time to bring back the most Right-wing parties into the Government. Vote for the people that understand the reality, and will enforce effective pain on our enemies.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 9:38 at 9:38
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    Outdated indeed. The leadership of our enemies, inherent hates and enemies of Israel, have raised a new generation of cruel haters and enemies of Israel. Their only purpose in life is to slaughter Jews. And our leadership and defense bodies have not adapted to this new situation. Hence we may expect our situation to deteriorate further.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:13 at 15:13
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    Its only been going for decades and decades why is there no solution being brought forward? You simply cant have a military solution to defeat ideology?

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:19 at 15:19
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    Israel has always been concerned with the appearance of being above board.
    They won’t react with a heavy hand until there is major attack in a major city. Until
    then they will have their hands tied and this intifada will grow in number of innocent liives
    being lost. Jose.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 17:28 at 17:28
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    There are no methods that can stop this short of taking away all their cars, all their communications devices, and anything that can be used as a weapon – all of which is insane.

    They Must Go.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 21:26 at 21:26
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    The solution, albeit interim to finally rid Israel of Arab populations, is to lock streets down to bi-national traffic.

  • Mar 18, 2019 @ 22:02 at 22:02
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    put some pig on each body make it public so they don’t get to heavan

    • Mar 22, 2019 @ 11:21 at 11:21
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      32°10’26″N 35°14’55″E bad bus

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