Are the flames of war growing in the West Bank?

Anna Ahronheim – February 7, 2018

As the threat of war grows on both Israel’s northern and southern fronts, the first month of 2018 was a deadly, riot-filled one in the country’s third front of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In January, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) recorded 113 terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem, down from 178 in December but still a rise from the 84 incidents in November.

Meanwhile, Palestinians reported 497 attacks on Israeli troops and settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem area in January, including 156 incidents of stone throwing, 50 Molotov cocktails, nine explosive devices thrown, one vehicular ramming attack and five shooting attacks. A total of 242 Palestinians were reported injured and another seven were killed, according to the sources.

On the Israeli side, some 28 persons were wounded last month, and one – Rabbi Raziel Shevach – was killed, in a drive-by shooting near the Havat Gilad outpost. Another Israeli, Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, was stabbed to death in February by Israeli-Arab Abed al-Karim Assi, who has, as of the time of writing, evaded capture.