An Israeli man and two accomplices were arrested for planning terror attacks and the assassination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, authorities said Tuesday.
Investigators said the men were part of a terror cell that conspired to kill Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and planned an attack on U.S. consulate buildings and a Canadian delegation in Jerusalem.
Mahmoud Jamal Rashda, 30, was arrested in April. Officials said he’d received orders from a terrorist in Syria to carry out the attacks as part of a training program for the Palestinian Authority security forces, which included a plan to recruit a terrorist from Jordan.
The other two suspects, arrested in the following weeks, have not been identified. Indictments were filed against all three on May 27 and kept under a court-issued gag order until Tuesday.
Barkat praised Israel’s Shin Bet security service for thwarting the terror plot.