Israel's security services have used the internet to thwart hundreds of potential terror attacks in less than a year, with the Shin Bet and Military Intelligence stopping 2,200 Palestinians at various stages of planning and preparing for attacks, mostly stabbings and car-rammings.
The names of a similar number were passed on to the Palestinian Authority, which arrested them and warned them against planning attacks on Israel.
The one thing almost all Palestinians who carried out attacks in the recent terror wave had in common is their status as lone wolves with no affiliation to any organization.
They appear to have been motivated by media coverage of previous attacks, by the Israeli security forces' killing of Palestinians, by family members, or by other events happening around them.
The terror wave peaked in the winter of 2016, when attacks occurred daily; since then the violence has gradually ebbed.
Members of cells, sometimes lone assailants as well, are making greater efforts to obtain guns for their attacks.
The IDF and Jerusalem police are deploying themselves better, the Palestinians feel that the attacks have brought them no closer to a state, and the Palestinian leadership has decided, belatedly, to try to stop attacks from the West Bank and warn Israel.
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