Shin Bet Director, Nadav Argaman, has warned the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee that terrorism is “bubbling under the surface” despite relative calm in Gaza.
Argaman told members that Security forces had thwarted 480 terror attacks in the past year that included 219 Hamas cells and 590 lone terrorists.
The organisation had also thwarted cyber attacks, both terrorism and espionage, against the State of Israel.
“Hamas is trying very hard to carry out terror attacks,” he said in a briefing.
“In general, these successes are the result of very strenuous activity by the entire Israeli security system, Shin Bet, IDF and Israel’s Police, which allow this reality and allow Israeli citizens to live their daily lives.”
Regarding Gaza, he added, “We’re between a possible campaign or ahead of a campaign on the one hand, while on the other hand, there’s an attempt to stabilise the humanitarian situation in the strip.”
Argaman’s comments came after a slowing of violence in Gaza in recent days and Lebanese newspaper, Al Akhbar, publishing a 10-step draft of a ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel yet to be ratified as negotiations continue.
Each step is conditional for a deal to be agreed.
According to the paper, steps include Hamas halting weekly riots at the Gaza border with the terror group punishing protesters violating the order.
Gaza’s fishing zone would increase up to 14 nautical miles while the strip’s crossings would open permanently with 5,000 Gazans under 40 years old being granted work permits in Israel.
The Palestinian Authority would pay 80 percent of salaries of Gaza’s government.
Egypt would be responsible for implementing a prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel, though currently negotiations are not being held.
Furthermore, calm of at least three years must take effect on the Gaza border under the international supervision of United Nations and Russia with opening of crossings for goods into Gaza to support infrastructure.
Ministers agreed for further mediation at the latest Security Cabinet meeting on Sunday though Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, backs Israel delivering a “hard blow” to Hamas to restore calm.
Pressure, however, continues to grow on Israel’s government to find a resolution for the Gaza border.
The latest demonstration came as more than 100 teenage Shaar HaNegev Regional Council students marched to Jerusalem to raise awareness.
The high school teens set out on a 90km trek to the capital last Sunday, prior to spending a night at Kibbutz Ruhama, which has suffered from rocket fire.
They are due to reach the Knesset today.
Participants have the support of parents, organisations and individuals who are helping with equipment.
Schools will not take part in the protest as the Education Ministry encourage demonstrations in school hours.
But teachers and head teachers have told students they will not stop them participating.
Students will display signs, flags and T-shirts bearing the slogan “Let us grow up in peace.”
“Our message is that we want change; enough of the current security situation,” said Roei Rahaf from Kibbutz Mefaisim.
“Since we were born we’ve been living from one war to the next. We want to grow up on the Gaza border in peace.
“The change is in the hands of the leadership in Israel and that is why we are marching to the Knesset. This is a journey to raise awareness of what’s going on here, to tell our story of the teenagers who deal with the difficult security situation.”
Updates will be sent on Instagram and Facebook.
Students from Nofei HaBsor High School at Eshkol Regional Council protested in solidarity.