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The Shin Bet has arrested a Palestinian Authority policeman, four Islamic Jihad terrorists and several Negev Bedouins for carrying out last month's Bat Yam bus bombing.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has lifted a gag order and revealed that security forces arrested 14 suspects, including four senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad members, in the bombing of a Bat Yam bus near Tel Aviv last month.

The four Islamic Jihad terrorists are from Bethlehem, between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion, and Bedouin from the Negev, with Israeli citizenship, were among others who were arrested.

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Two brothers belonging to the Islamic Jihad, Shahada Tamari (previously jailed in Israel), 24, and Hamadi Tamari, a Palestinian police officer (also previously jailed in Israel), 21, and Yousef Salamah, 22, made the remote-control bomb with four pounds of explosives and nails and screws to inflict maximum injuries.

The bomb was in a black bag that they gave to the fourth Islamic Jihad terrorist, Sami Harimi, 20, who took it with him to the southern Hevron Hills, where the security fence is relatively ineffective, with hundreds of Arabs bypassing it every day to enter Be’er Sheva and the coastal regions.

Screws, nails ball bearings and other metal pieces that were inside the bomb to maximize the number of people injured and killed.

A Negev Bedouin, who carries Israeli citizenship, drove him to Jaffa. Harimi knew the Jaffa-Tel Aviv area well because he worked in a restaurant in Jaffa, without a permit.

The terrorists prayed in a mosque before Harimi boarded a public bus with the bag and then left it there when he got off at another stop.

He then called the mobile phone number that was attached to the bomb, setting it off.

The attack would have caused massive casualties if it had not been for three people who together saved many lives. A child told a passenger that someone had left a bag on the bus, and the passenger in turn was curious and noticed wires sticking out of the bag. He told the bus driver, who immediately cleared everyone off the bus.

Moments later, the bus blew up.

Security personnel arrested Harimi in Bethlehem several days after the attack, and he revealed that the Islamic Jihad terrorists were planning to stage a large-scale terrorist attack in Tel Aviv after the buys bombing.

The investigation by the Shin Bet and the subsequent arrests foiled a second attack, which could have caused a disaster because security personnel found an additional 45 pounds of explosive near the home of one of the Tamari brothers.

More arrests are expected.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas said last week that he will demand that Israel release all terrorists,including those who might be arrested during John Kerry’s peace talk festival.

Kerry landed in Israel Thursday evening, less than six hours before the Shin Bet lifted the gag order on the arrests.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

38 COMMENTS

  1. Obama already working to free them to ease tension with Iran. Bringing in recently released and convicted for aiding terrorists attorney for twin tower bombings to spearhead Obama campaign for immediate release.
    This is not a true story–yet

  2. I guess Allah didn't answer their prayers at the mosque!!! And abyss demands their release!!! Is it just me or is their anyone else that can see the lunatics are running the White House, and they are demanding peace with the insane and mentally challenged Palestinians???

  3. The terrorist assault shows at least two things. First of all Israel has a fifth column inside Israel proper. Next, the most ridiculous thing is to deliver once convicted murderers. Spare facilities and money and do away with the s captured so everybody is eventually freed of the temptation to negotiate their release.

  4. If the Torah commandments are the law of Jews and Judaism is a
    Roadmap for civilization, a basis for the bill of rights, justice,independence,life, liberty , why are Obama and Kerry partnering with primeval jihad. As they undermine good and Israel they are endangering America,Europe and all humanity.Shame on these two who twist the Jewish people to surrender their victory and rebirth for an unnation with devious intentions proven again and again and again. These two who seek ad force murderers release are guilty of murder .

  5. What an observant child – saving a whole bus load of passengers' lives. Hopefully he will get a special prize. One has to ask 'To whom were the terrorists praying in their Mosque'? Not a God of Love obviously but a god of destruction and horrow. Wonderful he didn't succeed this time. The terrorists should be made to pay for the damage to the bus.

  6. These barbarians I'm sure are being applauded by the whole #BDS crowd and all the other evil anti-Semites. There is no point in continuing these so-called 'negotiations' – actually there never was a point in holding them. Send them all to Jordan and they can call it whatever they want.

  7. Agree with Harding and Hecht. US should pay for damages with $ that the would have given to PA.
    But here’s a new twist everyone: Apply Islamic law: e.g. a thief loses a hand. For attempted murder Israel does not hang, but why not castration? THAT might serve as a real inhibitor. After all, what would they then do with all those virgins?
    You read it here first folks. Go for it!
    It’s called returning the terror and could work!

  8. the shin bet deserve a big victory those are the people who works day and night in the dark to make every one safe in Israel . about those terrorist they should be controlled by Mr ABBAS he is the one who should count responsible for those actions.

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