ISIS-inspired terror cell plotted tunnel from Judea-Samaria into Israel

Charges were filed against three ISIS sympathizing Arab-Israeli terrorists for attempting to build a tunnel from the Arab town of Tayibe across the Green Line into Judea and Samaria, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Thursday.

The cell were “inspired by ISIS” and acted voluntarily, according to the release. Their plan was discovered while in its infancy, the cell had only managed to dig a few meters before being discovered.


If completed, the investigation revealed that the group had intended on using the tunnel for weapons smuggling into Israel, and “prepare for judgement day.”


One of the terrorists had previously been detained in Turkey when attempting to cross over into Syria and participate in the ongoing civil war. Another had planned in recent months to arrive in Syria across the sea on an improvised pedal board.


The terrorists were arrested on September 16, 2015, however the plot was only revealed to the public once the indictment was submitted.

They were named as Ibrahim a-Khalim Mahmoud Sheikh, 26; Muhammad Tami a Khader Nashef, 32; and Amir a Hakim Hafez Gahrah, 20.