According to Israel Security Agency data, there were 17 deaths from terror attacks in 2016 in the West Bank, Gaza and Yerushalayim, compared to 28 in 2015, Lior Akerman, division head in the Israel Security Agency, writes in the Jerusalem Post.
In the West Bank and Gaza, there were 1,054 attacks in 2016, down from 1,719 in 2015. In Yerushalayim, there were 327 attacks in 2016, compared to 635 in 2015. This overall downward trend is mainly attributable to the professional intelligence and counter-insurgency activity carried out by Israel.
The relative quiet we’re experiencing is deceptive, said Akerman. Just behind the curtain are a number of Palestinian groups and individuals – including Hamas – that are busy planning their next terrorist attack.