Nine Jews arrested for terror attacks against Palestinians
Nine Jewish men were arrested in the last few days on suspicion of carrying out terrorist attacks against Palestinians in recent years. One of them, Shahar Dvir-Zeliger, is also suspected of a murder attempt and weapons-related offenses, Jerusalem Magistrate's Court released for publication Friday.
For 12 years, the Shin Bet security service failed to expose Jewish underground groups. Nine Palestinians were killed in recent years in attacks attributed to Jewish terrorist groups, but the Shin Bet did not have a lead in the investigation. Only last month's arrest of Yitzhak Pas and Matityahu Shvu led to the exposure of this underground group.
The remand of Jewish terror suspect Dvir-Zeliger was extended by six days Friday. He is also suspected of taking part in planning the terrorist attacks and carrying them out.
On Friday, the Shin Bet and military police arrested the soldier Yehoyariv Maguri, a resident of a West Bank settlement, on suspicion of being involved in the cell's activity. The suspicions attributed to him and to the others are still banned for publication.
Pas and Shvu, who were caught in possession of eight IDF explosive devices, are suspected of planning to use the explosives in an attack on Palestinians. The other terror suspects are Yisachar Peretz, Sela Tor, Ronen Aroussi and David Liebman. Tsuriel Amior, another suspect, is under house arrest for building the explosive used by the Bat Ayin terrorist cell and buried about a year-and-a-half ago in East Jerusalem's A-Tur neighborhood.
The defense establishment believes there were two kinds of Jewish terrorist groups - one used to shoot Palestinian vehicles in intersections, and the other, most of whose attempts failed, hid explosives in Palestinian schools and crowded places.
Shin Bet sources said the underground members were skilled snipers who acquired their skills in firearms and explosives during their military service. They used to spread shells of various firearms at their attack sites, to confuse the investigation teams.