Israel has uncovered a world Jihad plot to execute massacres in Jerusalem and an attack against the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) lifted a gag order Wednesday and announced it has arrested three terrorists, Iad Abu Sara (24) and Rubin Abu Nijma (30) of Jerusalem and Ala Anam (22) of Jenin. Sara carries an Israeli identity card.
They were recruited and directed by Al Qaeda terrorists in Gaza and were under the direction of Arebe A-Shaham. The three did not know about each other and communicated via the Internet.
The attacks were to be carried out by foreign terrorists using fake Russian identities and disguised as tourists. One of them was to depart for Syria, via Turkey, for advanced explosives training.
They had studied the bus route from Jerusalem to Maaleh Adumim, east of the capital, and planned a massacre that was to start by shooting the tires of a bus, after which the terrorists were to shoot dead the passengers at close range and then slaughter the rescue teams arriving at the scene.
Two of the terrorists planned simultaneous attacks, one of them a suicide truck bombing at the Jerusalem Convention Center (Binyanei HaUma), where thousands of people often attend events, and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Another plot was to kidnap an IDF soldier and attack the A-Tur neighborhood in Jerusalem.
The Shin Bet said that one terrorist revealed during interrogation how he obtained weapons and learned the use of explosives on the Internet.
“These patterns are identical to Al Qaeda operations,” said a security spokesman. Al Qaeda has established an initial infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, which includes hundreds of members. It can still be stopped.”
Not even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would think that the Palestinian Authority is the party that could stop it.
He couldn’t be that far out, could he?
Aryeh Savir of Tazpit News Agency contributed to this report.