Some good news this week — the number of terrorist attacks inside Israel has plunged from a high of 70 last October to only six in July.
“The number of terrorist attacks in Israel last month was one of the lowest in 10 months,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “There were six attacks in July, according to the IDF, a drastic fall from the 70 seen last October. Since the current wave of terrorism began, 41 Israelis and foreigners and about 250 Palestinians have died.”
“A senior IDF officer told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the July number shows that recent tactics used by the security system are working,” the Post noted. “These include a combination of precise intelligence from the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) with daily and nightly IDF operations to distinguish terrorists from the rest of the population in the West Bank. The operations allow the majority of Palestinians, including 100,000 holders of Israeli work permits, to continue with their day to day routines.”
The article further noted that “the success in pinpointing and stopping terrorism, most of which has come from ‘lone wolf’ attackers, will be a major issue brought up by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot during his visit this week to the United States. Eisenkot is a guest of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is the third meeting between the two since Eisenkot entered his position a year and a half ago. Dunford has been a guest of the IDF in Israel twice.”
Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy on both Jews and Arabs and other nationalities here. Thanks, too, to all of you who in the U.S., Canada, and around the world who continue to faithfully and consistently pray for the peace of Jerusalem in obedience to Psalm 122. The Lord is hearing and answering these prayers, and we have much for which to be grateful. Let’s keep praying — and praying especially for those who have been wounded over the past year, and for the families and friends of those who have been killed and are still grieving.