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Chronology of Thwarted Terrorist Attacks in Israel

Although news about deadly terrorist attacks in Israel is beamed around the world moments after the attacks happen, there have been literally dozens of thwarted attacks against Israel that go largely unreported by the world's media. The scale and number of these thwarted attacks, however, demonstrate the danger of Palestinian terrorism that Israel faces on practically a daily basis.

  One of the most shocking examples of a thwarted terror occurred on May 7, 2002, when members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine attempted to destroy the Azrieli Towers, two 50-story buildings in Tel Aviv. The terrorists were captured on their way to the towers in a truck filled with explosives. Israeli military sources believe that there enough explosives to bring down several Twin Towers.

  • September 26, 2002 -- Soldiers opened fire on an armed terrorist near the security road surrounding Elei Sinai in the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorist was carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle, ammunition clips and grenades.

  • September 18, 2002 -- An IDF reserve force encountered fire while attempting to stop a suspicious vehicle near Kfar Tamun, east of Jenin. Two men inside the vehicle refused to stop when ordered, and opened fire. The reservists returned fire, killing one man and injuring the second. The men were carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles.

  • September 9, 2002 -- Israeli soldiers opened fire on two Palestinian men carrying bags near Suffa Passage along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The shooting triggered a bomb in one of the bags to explode. Both terrorists were killed in the explosion.

  • September 5, 2002 -- Israeli soldiers thwarted a plan to carry out a suicide attack in Israel on the eve of Rosh Hashana. In the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, soldiers from the Nahal commando unit arrested three members of Hamas, including two who had planned to carry out the attack. Shots were fired at the soldiers, but there were no injuries. Additionally, two terrorists were arrested in Jama'in near Ariel.

  • September 4, 2002 - Border police thwarted an attempted car bombing near Pardes Hanna. Northern District Police Cmdr. Yaakov Borowsky said a large-scale terror attack was thwarted after police at a roadblock ordered two suspicious vehicles to stop. The men continued driving, eventually abandoning the vehicles and fleeing on foot. The 600-kilogram bomb was detonated in a controlled manner. The huge bomb was found in one of the vehicles, connected to a cell phone.

  • August 26, 2002 - Soldiers arrested a Palestinian planning to perpetrate a suicide bombing, along with his two dispatchers, in Mirka, south of Jenin.

  • August 25, 2002 - Soldiers spotted a number of terrorists approaching Kfar Dorom. In an exchange of gunfire, one terrorist was killed and the other was mortally wounded. The terrorists were members of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

  • August 22, 2002 - Security forces were able to thwart an attempt to infiltrate two car bombs across the border between the West Bank and Israel.

  • August 19 2002 - Soldiers safely detonated a 10-kilogram bomb found in the Hebron neighborhood of Wadi al-Ariya.

  • August 18, 2002 - Soldiers shot dead two armed Palestinians who were crawling toward the fence around the Gaza Strip, apparently planning to attack soldiers or infiltrate into Israel. The two men were carrying a large bomb that could have caused many casualties

  • August 11, 2002 - Soldiers killed a terrorist who was en route to carry out a terrorist attack on a kibbutz near Gaza. Israeli troops spotted the heavily armed gunmen, a member of Hamas, cutting through the security fence. They opened fire, detonating the explosive belt he had strapped to his body.

  • August 8, 2002 - Jordanian security forces captured a Palestinian terrorist in a car close to the Israeli border and were searching for four others who had tried to infiltrate Israel.

  • August 7, 2002 - In the Negev, Israeli authorities arrested a suspect who they said intended to carry out an attack against Israel. The suspect had planted a bomb packed with ball bearings near the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem tunnel.

  • August 7, 2002 - Security forces arrested an Egyptian citizen who infiltrated Israel with a backpack containing an automatic weapon and ammunition.

  • August 6, 2002 - Soldiers on patrol encountered a group of five Palestinians near Qalqiliya in the West Bank. The terrorists ran off when they spotted the soldiers, leaving behind a large bag containing automatic rifles, hand grenades and a pistol.

  • August 6, 2002 - A would-be terrorist was reportedly en route to carry out an attack in Afula when the bomb exploded in a taxicab. The bomber was killed and the Israeli Arab driver was badly wounded.

  • August 5, 2002 - In Tulkarm, border policemen killed a terrorist who planned to carry out an attack in Israel.

  • July 31, 2002 - Security forces intercepted a would-be female suicide bomber and her Fatah operator.
  • July 31, 2002 - Acting on information supplied by the General Security Service, IDF forces discovered a large explosives factory in the Palestinian Legislative Council building in Jenin. After evacuating nearby residents, the IDF troops demolished the building, which housed more than 300 kilograms of explosives.

  • July 29, 2002 - IDF troops in the northern Gaza Strip discovered five anti-tank rocket launchers that were aimed at the settlement Nisanit. Near the launcher they found a booby-trapped mannequin that was meant to attract soldiers and then kill them. During a sweep of the area, soldiers also discovered a 50-kilogram roadside anti-tank bomb, a 10- kilogram anti-personnel land mine, an 82 mm mortar shell and a booby-trapped RPG launcher that had a gas balloon attached to it. Four additional anti-tank rockets were found in later searches of the area. The explosive devices were successfully neutralized.

  • July 28, 2002 - Ali Yamin Samoudi was arrested by Israeli security forces in the village of Wadi Burkin near Jenin. During questioning, Samoudi admitted that he was planning on perpetuating a suicide terror attack in Israel.

  • July 28, 2002 - Hamed Mohammed Hamed, a 22 year-old Palestinian man, was arrested in the village of Kalil. During the arrest, Israeli security forces seized an explosive belt that Hamed had intended to use to blow himself up at Joseph's Tomb.

  • July 28, 2002 - IDF forces arrested Mohammed Subhi Abu Tabih, a senior Islamic Jihad activist, who had planned to dispatch a car bomb and suicide bomber to Israel. Three of Abu Tabih's accomplices were arrested with him, and it is believed that one of the men may have been the suicide bomber.

  • July 27, 2002 - In a search of the Palestinian village Yatta following a fatal terrorist attack, IDF forces discovered illegal guns, knives, a homemade bomb and large amounts of ammunition in the village's Palestinian police station.

  • July 27, 2002 - IDF and GSS forces arrested Umaya Mohammed Danaj, a 28 year-old Palestinian woman who was on her way to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel.

  • July 26, 2002 - IDF forces demolished three factories in Gaza City that had been manufacturing Kassam missiles. In the course of their demolition, the soldiers discovered and destroyed twenty-two lathes that are used to make missiles.

  • July 23, 2002 - IDF forces apprehended Hisam Jaber, an Islamic Jihad member who attempted to orchestrate three suicide attacks in Israel. At the same time, another would-be suicide bomber and a woman who planned to help transport the terrorists into Israel were also arrested.

  • July 23, 2002 - Israeli police discovered an explosive device in a wooded area in Tel Aviv. The police detonated the device, believed to be a mortar shell.

  • July 22, 2002 - Two IDF soldiers patrolling in northern Gush Katif were injured when they fired at two heavily armed Arabs who were making their way to Tel Katifa. The terrorists were killed.

  • July 21, 2002 - IDF forces arrested three members of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine who they believed were planning to carry out a large-scale terror attack in the form of a suicide bombing inside Israel.

  • July 19, 2002 - A terrorist attack was thwarted near the Karni Checkpoint in the Gaza Strip by IDF soldiers who located a suspicious object along the side of the road. Upon investigation, the package was found to contain a powerful bomb, which was detonated successfully.

  • July 16, 2002 - An explosive device was found near the Arab village of Sinjel, near Shilo.

  • July 16, 2002 - IDF soldiers discovered an 80-kilogram bomb near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. An IDF bomb squad safely detonated the device.

  • July 15, 2002 - A terrorist attempted to stab an Israeli border policeman near Nablus. No injuries were reported.

  • July 13, 2002 - IDF reservists prevented a large-scale bomb attack after stopping a suspicious car that was headed towards Kalkilya. The car contained four bombs, three gas canisters and three containers of nails, bolts and other sharp metal objects.

  • July 13, 2002 - Israeli border police arrested a 22 year-old Palestinian from Nablus outside Umm el-Fahm after he had infiltrated the Green Line dressed in an IDF uniform and bearing a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a bomb belt. It is believed that the man was attempting to carry out a suicide attack in Afula.

  • July 11, 2002 - IDF forces arrested ten Palestinians in Assira Ashmaliya, near Nablus. Two of the arrested men planned suicide attacks, six participated in a shooting attack in Samaria, and one had planned to dispatch a suicide bomber.

  • July 11, 2002 - Several bombs were found in Gaza, including two very large bombs that weighed a total of 120 kilograms.

  • July 9, 2002 - Israeli security forces arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian girl who admitted to agreeing to carry out a suicide attack in Israel. The teen-ager was released shortly thereafter.

  • July 8, 2002 - IDF soldiers blew up a house in the Nablus quarter of Rafidiyeh after discovering a bomb factory that contained three bombs ready to explode. Three suspected terrorists were arrested at the site.

  • July 8, 2002 - Border police arrested a suspected terrorist near the A-ram checkpoint in Jerusalem. Security officials were on high alert after receiving warnings about two attacks being planned in Israel.

  • July 7, 2002 - A triple-barrel anti-tank rocket launcher was found in Gaza. A similar launcher was found in Netzarim.

  • July 7, 2002 - Five Arabs planning suicide attacks were apprehended on July 5, 2002. Shortly thereafter soldiers also discovered and destroyed bomb-making factories in Ramallah and Nablus. The bomb factory in Nablus was housed in the Juneis prison. 300 pipe bombs and 20 gas canisters were found inside.

  • July 4, 2002 - Three armed Palestinians attempted to enter the West Bank settlement of Mevo Datan. They fled after being spotted by Israeli security forces.

  • July 3, 2002 - A pipe bomb was successfully detonated at the Peroit Junction near Kalkilya. No injuries were reported.

  • July 2, 2002 - Osama Salahat, a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, was arrested by the IDF in Yatta, south of Hebron. He was planning on carrying out a suicide attack in Israel.

  • July 2, 2002 - IDF soldiers arrested a terrorist in Rafidya, near Nablus, who was planning a suicide bombing in Israel.

  • July 2, 2002 - Four heavily armed Arabs were caught by Israeli security forces when they attempted to infiltrate the northern Gaza town of Elei Sinai. Two terrorists were captured, and two fled to an autonomous Palestinian Authority territory. Under interrogation, the two captured terrorists admitted to planning a suicide attack in Nativ HaAsarah, an area north of the Gaza Strip.

  • July 1, 2002 - Israeli police detonated a large bomb in Jerusalem's Givat Ze'ev neighborhood. The bomb was found on June 28 by Jerusalem police, and was carefully monitored for two days, in the hopes that the terrorist would return.

  • June 26, 2002 - While searching Palestinian security organizations in Hebron, IDF soldiers discovered nearly 100 bombs, dozens of pipe bombs and a significant amount of guns and other weaponry. Israeli officials announced that such findings are a clear link between the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian terror organizations.

  • June 25, 2002 - As the IDF entered Hebron, they found a bomb factory in the home of a Hamas activist, as well as two bomb belts ready to be deployed, one large bomb and other explosives. The house was demolished.

  • June 24, 2002 - IDF forces discovered two armed anti-tank missile launchers ready to be launched in a field near the Karni Netzarim road. The missiles were aimed at civilians and an IDF outpost.

  • June 24, 2002 - Israeli police captured five Palestinian terrorists, including a suicide bomber on his way to perpetuate an attack in Bet Shemesh. Security officials believe the men intended to blow up a warehouse in Kfar Zecharia that reportedly contains Jericho ballistic missiles and other sophisticated weaponry, but that they abandoned their plan after they realized they would be stopped by policemen.

  • June 23, 2002 - IDF forces destroyed a building near Jenin that was found to house a workshop for the production of explosives, explosive belts, and empty Kassam rocket components.

  • June 21, 2002 - Border police prevented an attempted terror attack near the Erez checkpoint in the Gaza Strip, shooting and killing an armed terrorist as he attempted to throw grenades at a station filled with workers.

  • June 21, 2002 - A bomb was detonated on a road between Kiryat Arba and Hebron in an attempted attack on worshippers returning from Friday night prayers at the Machpela Caves. One person was lightly injured, and an IDF vehicle was damaged.

  • June 19 - IDF soldiers killed a Palestinian armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and ammunition clips as he attempted to attack a high school yeshiva in Kiryat Arba.

  • June 17 - A suicide terrorist detonated his bomb when approached for questioning by IDF soldiers near Zemer. The bomber was thought to be one of the five that the Israeli security forces had been pursuing.

  • June 17 - Police dismantled a grenade attached to an ammonia truck outside of the Tnuva Dairy in Holon. According to Mickey Levy, the Commander in Chief of the Jerusalem Police Force, three suicide-bombing attempts were averted in Jerusalem within the past 6 weeks. Two terrorists were captured in Jerusalem, and one was apprehended near a Bethlehem checkpoint.

  • June 17 - A Palestinian man detonated a bomb in an area north of Tulkarem, killing himself and lightly damaging a police jeep.

  • June 17 - IDF forces located and detonated a car bomb planted outside of Jenin.

  • June 15 - Israeli security forces thwarted a large-scale terror attack after spotting a car filled with 180 kilograms of explosives, mortars and launchers. An IDF tank destroyed the car with shell and machine-gun fire.

  • June 15 - A suspicious car close to the perimeter fence in the Northern Gaza Strip was blown up by IDF sappers after it was found to contain two rocket launchers and four mortar bombs.

  • June 14 - Israeli security forces successfully apprehended two female would-be suicide terrorists, who were attempting to carry out terror attacks. A fifteen-year-old girl was arrested in El-Khader near Bethlehem as she attempted to throw a firebomb at IDF soldiers. The other, a 23 year-old Palestinian teacher was arrested near Gush Etzion on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Israel. IDF forces continue to look for five other suspects whom they believe are planning terrorist attacks in Israel.

  • June 14 - Army sappers diffused a 40-kilogram bomb that had been planted near Dugit.

  • June 13, 2002 - A 15-year-old Palestinian girl was apprehended after throwing a firebomb at IDF forces in Bethlehem. During interrogation, the girl admitted that she had previously been recruited as a suicide terrorist.

  • June 12, 2002 - IDF forces in Ramallah discovered a booby-trapped car. Explosive charges were also discovered in a building that houses Yasir Arafat's personal security guards, the Force 17.

  • June 12, 2002 - IDF soldiers blew up a car containing a 150-kilogram bomb and two mortars near Elei Sinai in the Gaza Strip. Security officials believe that terrorists had planned to fire the mortars and detonate the bomb when soldiers arrived on the scene.

  • June 11, 2002 - IDF soldiers discovered ten pipe bombs in a building in Ramallah. All were safely detonated.

  • June 11, 2002 - A Palestinian terrorist was killed at the Karni checkpoint in Gaza when his bomb detonated prematurely.

  • June 10 - Three explosive devices were found on the border between Lebanon and Israel, in the area of Shaaba Farms.

  • June 10, 2002 - IDF soldiers captured two cars rigged with bombs, tens of kilograms of TATP explosive charges, Israeli ID cards, and documents connecting the explosives to members of the Palestinian Authority.

  • June 10, 2002 - While checking a suspicious ambulance at the Gush Katif junction, IDF soldiers found a Palestinian terrorist inside. The ambulance was found to contain no medical personnel or injured people inside.
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