Israeli Forces Break Up Plot to Target PM Netanyahu and US Embassy in Jerusalem
Israeli security service announced Tuesday they uncovered a plot to target Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
A Palestinian was arrested in the early stages of planning attacks on the Jewish leaders and the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.
An Iranian hardliner group offered a $100,000 reward in May to any person who bombs the newly opened U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
Israel’s Shin Bet security service says it has uncovered a plot to target Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Shin Bet says a resident of a Palestinian refugee camp in east Jerusalem is among those in custody for his involvement in the plot, orchestrated from Syria, to harm Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
It said on Tuesday that Mahmad Rashdeh had also collected intelligence on his Syrian handler’s behalf to target the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and visiting Canadian officials. It says the plan involved sneaking in an operative from Jordan and “significant terrorist activity” was foiled.