Published on: January 10, 2017
SMART POLICINGHow Israel Catches Lone WolvesEHUD YAARI
The successful campaign to curb the Palestinian “Haba” relies on technology, smart policing, and cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.
For more than a year, Israel has been engaged in efforts to curb an intense wave of attacks by Palestinian youth acting on their own. This “Haba” (“eruption” in Arabic), as some Palestinians call it, has been gradually contained by the Israeli military and intelligence agencies. The scope of incidents has been dramatically reduced, leading to a sharp decline in the number of casualties on both sides. At its peak in October 2015, the Haba produced no less than sixty serious attacks a month, whereas by spring 2016 the number of severe incidents was down to four or five a month, close to the standard pace of terrorism in previous years.In a similar manner, riots and violent demonstrations involving Molotov cocktails, explosive charges, and stones aimed at Israeli army units and civilian traffic have also become much less frequent: from 650 cases in October 2015 to around one hundred in May-June 2016.
Ehud Yaari is the Middle East Commentator of Israel’s Ch.2 television and a Lafer International Fellow at The Washington institute. He is the author of eight books and numerous essays and articles on Middle Eastern issues. He lives in Jerusalem.