Israel’s Remarkable Shin Bet Strikes Again, And Again, And Again

UPDATE 10 am Israel time Thursday:

Palestinian terrorist missiles never stop hitting southern Israel. At 1:15 am, Ashkelon was struck again by Palestinian terrorist rockets. At 6:39 am this morning, the sirens for incoming rockets sounded in the Chof Ashkelon region.


On January 4th of this year, your humble servant paid homage to Israel’s incredible intelligence service Sherut ha Bitachon ha Klali, better known as simply “Shabak” or “Shin Bet”.

As I pointed out at that time (see blog), Shin Bet’s logo is “Magen Velo Yera’e”, “the defender that shall not be seen”, and what makes it unique among Israeli security agencies is that it does not answer to the Ministry of Defense–it answers directly to the Israeli prime minister.

When Shin Bet is not uncovering Palestinian terror cells in Hevron (May 23, 2012), it is successfully blocking an attempt to kidnap soldiers by a PFLP–Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine–Palestinian terrorist cell in Hizma (July 16, 2012).

On July 18th, Shin Bet was first on the ground in Burgas, Bulgaria after the suicide/homicide attack against Israeli tourists profiling the bomber–having already immediately grounded a number of flights out of Tel Aviv headed for Europe. Speaking of airline security, it was Shin Bet again issuing a “no fly” order for a suspicious Irish woman attempting to board a Tel Aviv bound plane in Dublin (July 27th).  And it will be Shin Bet working nonstop in the coming months to thwart flytillas and flotillas and everything in between.

Every airline passenger into and out of Israel is checked by Shin Bet that has absolute authority to issue "no fly" orders.

This week it was Shin Bet on Sunday that notified the IAF that two Palestinian terrorists who had murdered an Israeli Arab construction worker last month had just hopped on their motorcycle in the Tel Sultan neighborhood of Gaza–on their way to planning another terrorist attack. A few minutes later, their motorcycle was hit by an Israeli missile.

But at no time have Shin Bet’s remarkable intelligence abilities been more on display than with regard to the Global Jihad terrorist incident at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

Stop and think for a moment about that terrorist attack. How in the world did Shin Bet manage to infiltrate a “Global” Islamic terrorist group to the point of even knowing exactly when it would strike at Rafah and Kerem Shalom? Even the Egyptians were amazed with Egyptian intelligence head Morad Mowafi admitting yesterday: “Yes, we had detailed information about the attack, but we never imagined that a Muslim would kill a Muslim on the hour of breaking the fast in Ramadan.”

And what about the news from the north yesterday in which thirteen Israeli Arab residents of Nazareth and Ghajar (the latter of which sits half in Israel and half in Lebanon) were charged with smuggling 21 kg of C4 plastic explosives into Israel for Hezbollah, an indictment, by the way, that not only named the Israelis involved, but also those associated with Hezbollah in Lebanon who supplied the explosives. Is it any wonder that the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, cowers in his bunker 24 hours a day trusting no one?

20 packages of C4 plastic explosives smuggled into Israel by Israeli Arabs working for Hezbollah. How many Israelis would have been killed had Shin Bet not uncovered this terrorist operation?

It also is no wonder that several weeks ago, the Israel Supreme Court threw out a petition brought by self-proclaimed “human rights” groups hoping to expose the methods used by Shin Bet and to initiate new ways to investigate the security agency. Everyone here in Israel knows the importance of the remarkable Shin Bet in Israel’s fight for survival. 

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