Israeli Security Averts Netanyahu Assassination Plot

(From UPI)

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.

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