Daily Israel Report

Terror Cell from 'Peace Partner' Fatah Nabbed

Shin Bet, IDF arrest terrorists who attacked a soldier and stole his gun.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/12/2013, 3:45 PM

Fatah rally in Gaza
Fatah rally in Gaza
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The Shin Bet, Israel Police and IDF have exposed and arrested a terror cell whose members infiltrated an IDF base on December 21, 2012, attacked a soldier on sentry duty and stole his weapon, an M-16.

The cell belonged to the Fatah movement, which is headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Its members are residents of the Kalandia and a-Ram neighborhoods of Jerusalem. It is made up of five men aged 25 to 37, one of whom is an Israeli citizen.

The attack took place at the Rama base in northern Jerusalem.

The suspected terrorists, who have been charged with the offenses, admitted to interrogators that they carried out reconnaissance to collect intelligence about the base, including the schedule for sentry rotation.

The cell's members also stole a gun from the sentry position at Maale Michmas in the Binyamin region, on November 20, 2012.

Fatah head Abbas is the man with whom Israel is supposed to negotiate a peace agreement, according to the many members of the international community.