Six Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists were recently arrested for planning to harm Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in a terror attack. The terrorists plotted to make a bomb and plant it along the route that Lieberman’s convoy frequently travels.
PIJ terrorists in Gaza Photo Credit: Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash 90
It was cleared for publication on Sunday morning that the members of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell were recently arrested for planning to harm Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in a terror attack. The six terrorists, who reside in Palestinian villages near Bethlehem, planned to plant a bomb along the West Bank route used daily by Liberman’s convoy. The plan was foiled in its initial stages when the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police arrested the terrorists in a joint operation.
In addition, the terrorists planned to carry out shooting attacks targeting Israeli residents in the West Bank and IDF forces. The heads of the terror cell are two Rafida residents: a 25-year-old who was held in an Israeli jail for two years for planning a terror attack and a 32-year-old who was arrested twice for being involved in PIJ activities including preparing a bomb and planning a terror attack against IDF forces.
The Shin Bet discovered by interrogating the terrorists that they were planning to purchase explosive materials in order to prepare the bomb and even contacted terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip to receive funding. In addition, one of the terrorists confessed that, among other things, he wanted to be arrested so that he could receive payments from the PIJ for being a security prisoner in Israel.
The terrorists will be formally charged today at a military court in the West Bank. “These terror attack intentions demonstrate increased efforts by the Palestinian Jihad and terrorist groups in Gaza to escalate their activities in the recent period through their members in the West Bank,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.