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Arab Terrorist Attack Foiled Near Netanya

An intelligence alert sparked a massive manhunt that came up with two suspects and kept Israeli civilians safe.

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Police set up roadblocks throughout the Sharon region and beyond to track down terrorists believed to have infiltrated the area.

Police set up roadblocks throughout the Sharon region and beyond to track down terrorists believed to have infiltrated the area.
Photo Credit: Courtesy, 0404.co.il website

Police have arrested two men from the central Israeli Arab city of Taibe in connection with an intelligence report of a possible terrorist infiltration from Samaria.

The alert from the Israel Security Agency (ISA / Shin Bet) warned that terrorists may have infiltrated the Sharon region around Kfar Yona, slightly east of Netanya, intending to perpetrate an attack.

Schools were ordered to keep the children indoors as security personnel continued to search the area. “We are treating this [intelligence] alert very seriously, so we have deployed a large number of forces in the field,” police told the Walla! news site.

Emek Hefer Regional Council head Rani Eden told Voice of Israel public radio that schools were ordered to “remain on alert and vigilant.” Border Patrol officers were deployed outside each school throughout the region, and school gates were closed. Children remained in class.

Roadblocks were set up along Route 57 – the artery that runs from the coastal city of Netanya east towards the Palestinian Authority Arab city of Tulkarem. There were also roadblocks set up farther south, along highways moving into Tel Aviv from the north and in the Glilot area south of Herzliya.

Police were also searching every vehicle heading east, and closed the Tnuvot Junction near Kfar Yona to east-heading traffic. Border Patrol and other elite units were out in force hunting for the terrorists on the ground, while helicopters searched in the skies. The intensive effort paid off and within a short time, security personnel tracked down and caught the driver and terrorist who were heading to their targeted destination, the 0404 website reported.

On August 24, school principal Yussuf Haj Yahya was shot dead by a masked gunman during a staff meeting in preparation for the new school year. The murder took place at the Amal school. Yahya, who was a longtime principal at the school, had apparently also run for mayor of Taibe in 2006. The gunman’s motives were unclear.

Israeli Arab Knesset member Ahmed Tibi is also a resident of Taibe.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Sue Sens says:

    Israeli intelligence sparked a massive manhunt that foiled an Arab terror attack, caught two suspects and kept Israeli civilians safe.
    The Jewish Press|Par Hana Levi Julian

  2. no one is as good as you guys.respect.

  3. That’s how you take care of terrorist

  4. Israeli intelligence is the best in the world. It’s a big part of what the USA gets back for it’s aid money.

  5. Baruch HaShem. Thank G-d!!!!

  6. Baruch HaShem. Thank G-d!!!!

  7. Usani Utum says:

    Thank you God, God is always on duty through Christ Jesus

  8. Julie Nolan says:

    that’s what real government does

  9. Alan Kardon says:

    Thank you for all you are doing.

  10. Cheryl Templin says:

    Thanks for sharing. We need to know these acts of protection that God provides for His people. We need to know that God's plans are going forth and not being thwarted.

  11. Cheryl Templin says:

    God has never abandoned His people Israel, nor will He ever. It is so clear that He will champion Israel in the final war. If you read Israel's modern history, you will find He has fought for them all along.

  12. With neighbors such as these! we must be ever vigilant. Note that the principal who was murdered was a Moslem: moderate Moslems are also victims of Islamofascism.

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