The Israel Police arrested an 18-year-old Ashkelon resident who is suspected of being responsible for most of the bomb threats that were made against Jewish community centers throughout the world over the past six months. The FBI and other foreign intelligence agencies helped the Israel Police identify the suspect.

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An 18-year-old Ashkelon resident was arrested today (Thursday) on suspicion of being responsible for a series of bomb threats made against various Jewish community centers in the world. He was arrested after an international investigation led by the cyber division of the Israel Police’s Lahav 433 came to an end.

It is believed that the suspect sent bomb threats to Jewish centers in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the U.S. The threats caused considerable panic and in most cases, the centers were evacuated.

The suspect is a dual Israeli-American citizen but sent the threats from his home in Ashkelon. He made the threats via a telephone that was connected to his computer, which was connected to a powerful Wi-Fi antenna.

The suspect, who is described as a loner, used advanced technology in order to hide his identity. The investigation was the joint effort of different intelligence agencies from several continents around the world. The FBI was also involved and even sent agents to Israel.  

The Israel Police was in charge of the investigation, which began after the first bomb threat to a New Zealand Jewish center was made. At a certain point, the Lahav 433 cyber division discovered that the threat was made from Israel.

The Israel Police stressed that the arrested suspect was responsible for most of the bomb threats but not all of them. It appears that other people who are not from Israel decided to copy the arrested suspect and make fake bomb threats against Jewish centers around the world recently.