A Hamas terror cell arrested by the Shin Bet planned to kidnap Likud MK Yehuda Glick and IDF Arabic-language spokesman Maj. Avichay Adraee, according to the indictments filed against them on Wednesday.
The indictments against the Muslim terrorists cell leader Muad Ashtiyah, 26, and Mahmoud Ramadan and Ahmed Ramadan, both 19, also revealed the three later changed their plans. To make it easier to carry out the attack, they decided to try to kidnap an IDF soldier or an Israeli civilian instead.
Glick has survived an attempt on his life before being elected to Knesset over his activism work to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
On October 30, 2014, after an event in Jerusalem, Islamic Jihad terrorist Mutaz Hijazi shot and seriously wounded him. The terrorist was shot and eliminated by police at his home in east Jerusalem the next day, at the end of a manhunt for him.
In addition, an animation video portraying an assassination of Glick made the rounds on Arab social media pages a year and a half ago.
The Shin Bet said the members of the Hamas terror cell were in contact with Omar Assida, a Hamas top terrorist in Gaza, who is responsible for organizing terror attacks and the flow of terror funds from Gaza to Judea and Samaria.
The Hamas command in Gaza provided guidance and financing for the planned abduction, the objective of which was to use the hostage to bargain for the release of Muslim terrorists in Israeli prison.