Shalit Deal Releasee Involved in Terror Plot

YERUSHALAYIM -

A terrorist released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011 has been implicated in a plot to carry out kidnapping and shooting attacks, the Israel Security Agency announced last Tuesday.

Security forces arrested a Hamas member from Ramallah who was working at the direction of the Shalit releasee.

The Ramallah suspect was identified as 26-year-old Bahar Sa’ad. He was arrested in a joint ISA, IDF and Israel Police operation in May.

During his questioning, it came out that Sa’ad was conspiring with Hashem Ibrahaim Hajaz, a Hamas member sentenced to ten life sentences due to his involvement in the murder of ten Israelis between 2001 and 2003.

Hajaz, who was deported and is currently in Qatar, was released as part of the 2011 deal in which Israel let over 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners go.

“Sa’ad was also also instructed to recruit additional members, and agreed to travel to Sudan to undergo military training. He was arrested before he could act … He was supposed to receive four weapons from an unknown courier acting on behalf of Hajaz,” it added.

The ISA said the investigation showed how once again ex-prisoners released in the 2011 deal return to terrorism and attempt to secure the release of additional security prisoners.