The Israeli security service Shin Bet foiled a “number of significant terror attacks,” including a plan to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.
Shin Bet arrested Muhammad Jamal Rashdeh who is a 30-year-old Israeli-Arab man and two suspected accomplices. The security agency did not release the names of the accomplices.
Although the arrests took place in April, the case was kept under a court-issued gag order until Tuesday.
“Working on orders from terrorist operatives abroad, Muhammad planned to carry out a number of significant terror attacks against a variety of targets,” the security service said.
Among the targets were Netanyahu and Barkat, the United States consulate in Jerusalem, since converted into the embassy, and members of a delegation of Canadian security officials who were in Jerusalem and were tasked to train Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank.
A Shin Bet spokesperson said Rashdeh was taking orders form the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, a terror group based in Syria, and is allied with the Assad regime. The terror group has been responsible for several infamous terror attacks in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s.
According to the Shin Bet, Rashdeh and the two accomplices were planning on bringing reinforcements from Jordan, as they continued to plan attacks.
Rashdeh has already served time in an Israeli prison for terror-related offenses.
This is not the first time in recent years that there has been an assassination attempt by terrorists to kill Netanyahu. In 2016, two Arab-Israeli members of Hamas were arrested and indicted for plotting to kill the prime minister.
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