The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee in the Knesset has acknowledged that Israel’s security services are “unable” to stop the ongoing Palestinian intifada, which started in October, Anadolu has reported. Tzachi Hanegbi made his comments in an interview with Israel’s General Radio.
“It is not surprising to recognize that the security services are unable to crack down on this wave of terror [sic],” he claimed. “Terror” was a reference to the Palestinian uprising against Israel’s decades-long military occupation. The reason, he said, was that most of the attacks against Israeli targets have been carried out by individuals.
The Israeli official is very close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It would be relatively easy to control the infrastructure of organisations, he explained, as they need supplies of finance and weapons.
The popular intifada in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has included demonstrations and protests against Israeli oppression, settlement expansion and the repeated desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to individual attacks on soldiers and settlers.