17 Muslim terrorists were arrested in Judea-Samaria for promoting terrorist attacks, led by Hamas terrorist Abdullah Arar, who had been involved in the kidnap-murder of Sasson Nuriel in 2005 and was released from Israeli prison in the Gilad Shalit deal.
Shin Bet said Arar instructed Alaa Salim, a Muslim terrorist from Jaba’ in Binyamin, to create a terrorist cell and purchase an M16 rifle in order to carry out a terror attack, and even transferred funds to him towards that end.
The investigation was carried out in coordination with military prosecution, which examined the investigation’s materials before deciding to indict the terrorists.
A Shin Bet official said, “The Hamas command in the Gaza Strip has been increasingly motivated of late to promote attacks via Hamas members in Judea and Samaria. Security forces will continue to take determined action to foil Hamas’s efforts to carry out attacks in Israel and wish to make it clear that Hamas in Gaza will be held responsible for any attack carried out at its behest.”