Yerushalayim Terror Attack Aborted


Binyanei Hauma and U.S. Embassy were Targets

Shin Bet (General Security Service) officials announced on Wednesday the arrest of three Palestinians, two of them residents of eastern Yerushalayim residents, for alleged involvement in an al-Qaida plan to carry out terror attacks in Israel.

The group had planned two simultaneous suicide attacks, the GSS said, one at the International Convention Center  (Binyanei Hauma) and the other at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The three men were arrested on December 25, a gag order on the case lifted yesterday revealed. A member of one of the al-Qaida-linked global jihad groups operating in Gaza had recruited the men. The recruiter told them that he worked for Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the leadership of al-Qaida after the Americans killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

GSS officials say that the method of recruitment — through a social network, Skype and, in one case, encrypted communication software — is not unusual.

Most global jihad groups operating in the Middle East use the same or similar methods: they scour the internet to search for candidates, issue orders and learn methods of operation.