Alleged Terrorist Plot to Target Netanyahu Revealed by Shin Bet, Palestinian Arrested

Shin Bet says Syrian masterminded plan involving Palestinian with Israeli I.D. who was tasked with attacking U.S. consulate buildings and a delegation from Canada

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a reception for the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Guatemala in Jerusalem, at the King David hotel in Jerusalem May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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An alleged terrorist cell being purportedly orchestrated by a Syrian has been exposed and dismantled in recent weeks, Israel's Shin Bet security service said Tuesday, adding that the cell's targets included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to a Shin Bet statement, Mohammad Jamal Rashda, a Palestinian with an Israeli I.D. from the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, was arrested. They said he had already served time in jail for terror-related offenses.

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During his investigation it was revealed that Rashda planned what was described as a "significant terror attack" against a number of targets, including senior Israeli officials like Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

However, defense officials say, the operatives never met, no money was transferred and no arms were purchased for the end of the attack. The arrest, they say, was done at an initial stage of the planning process.

According to the Shin Bet, he also planned to attack the structures belonging to the American consulate in Jerusalem, as well as Canadian representatives in the city. He allegedly began collecting information to advance the plan, acting on the Syrian's orders.

According to the Shin Bet, the plan also included bringing in "terrorist infrastructure" from Jordan to the West Bank.