ISIS terror cell planned attacks inside Israel
Five members of the same Arab-Israeli family have been charged with setting up an ISIS terror cell with the intent to carry out terror attacks inside Israel, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.
According to the Shin Bet security service, the five terrorists – who are all from the northern Israeli town of Nazareth – exchanged Facebook messages extolling ISIS’s jihadist ideology, and planned to wage a terrorist campaign inside the Jewish state.
None of them had any plans to travel to Syria or Iraq, investigators said.
The revelation comes just one day after senior Israeli security sources estimated that an ISIS terror attack inside Israel was only a matter of time.
While only a few dozen Israeli Arabs are known to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS – far lower than the numbers from surrounding Middle Eastern countries, or even in Europe – a growing number of ISIS cells have been broken up by security forces, indicating a growing threat from the jihadist group.
Most such cells – including one broken up just last month – focus on recruiting fighters to travel out of Israel to ISIS’s “Caliphate.” However, a growing number of ISIS terror plots inside Israeli borders have been uncovered in recent month, including a cell which planned an attack on an IDF base in northern Israel.