Israel Charges Gaza Man With Plotting Mass Terror Attack

Militant suspected of obtaining Shin Bet intelligence information, working to create network in Israel.

The Be'er Sheva District Court on Sunday charged a Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip with attempting to set up a terror network on Israeli territory with the intention of carrying out a massive bombing attack.

Abd El-Rahman Talalkeh, a resident the Nuseirat refugee camp, was arrested early last month in the Negev by Dimona police officers, after allegedly receiving classified intelligence pertaining to the Shin Bet security forces.

Talalkeh was interrogated thoroughly by agents from the Shin Bet and the southern police district's unity for Hostile Destructive Activity. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, contact with a foreign agent, and illegal military training.

Talalkeh is suspected of fomenting terrorist connections within Israel and plotting mass attacks against Israel Defense Forces bases and police stations. He was also charged with attempting to abduct an IDF soldier as collateral for the release of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.

The suspect told interrogators that he had undergone extensive military training in the Gaza Strip, on behalf of the Popular Resistance Committees, in order to establish a terrorism infrastructure inside Israel.

His training was said to include the use of small arms; preparation of various chemicals, car bombs, explosive belts and bags; use of GPS devices; and intelligence gathering.

According to the indictment, Talalkeh was initially active with Hamas, but broke off his connections to a difference of opinion with the leader of his cell. The suspect told interrogators that he believed Hamas members need to become more involved in their religion and carry out their attacks from a place of faith.

Talalkeh is suspected of learning from his dispatchers the various interrogation methods used by the Shin Bet, in case he were to be caught. He was allegedly planning to carry out a mass bombing on a multi-story building using a car laden with explosives which he was to detonate from afar.