Fewer attacks but 'greater instability' post Trump's Jerusalem move, says Israel security chief?

The security official stated that Trump's decision, to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, has provoked instability in the region. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 25, 2017, 02.41 AM (IST)

According to Nadav Argaman, head of Shin Bet, Israel's security agency, while the number of anti-Israeli attacks in 2017 (54) fell by nearly 50 per cent -- as compared to the year 2016 (108) -- greater instability and distress now strikes Israel. 

Argaman stated that US President's decision, to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, has provoked instability in the region.

So far, nearly 12 Palestinians have been killed.

Palestinian territories are thwarted by protests and clashes with Israeli forces. 

He pointed at Gaza and West Bank, areas that witnessed "greater instability" after Trump's declaration.

Islamist movement Hamas, which rules Gaza, "is trying with all its might to organise attacks in the West Bank to destabilise the Palestinian Authority," Argaman noted.

The security official also expressed his concern over the imminent Palestinian "protests and demonstrations" against the US declaration.

The Shin Bet chief said 400 bomb attacks were foiled in 2017, including 13 suicide bombings and nine kidnapping attempts, while 148 Hamas cells were dismantled in the West Bank.

(With inputs from AFP)