On Thursday night, Israeli police and security services released for publication the arrest of a number of Israeli Arabs suspected of contact with Hizbullah for the purpose of carrying out terrorist acts in Israel.
The detentions followed a joint operation by the Shin Bet and the Israel Police which targeted various known drug dealers who allegedly worked with drug dealers in southern Lebanon. Those Lebanese contacts were known to have ties to Hizbullah.
Four Israeli-Arab suspects were named as A’a-Halim Abbas and his brother, Iz-al-al-Din Abbas, both of Nahf; and Ahmed Mazarib and Riad Mazarib of Beit Zarzir. Both towns are in Israel’s north.
The Shin Bet said that, under questioning, the four admitted being in contact with George Nimr, a Christian resident of the Lebanese town of Marjayoun, who is a reputed drug dealer and Hizbullah activist. Nimr intended to smuggle arms and drugs into Israel, and that areas near the Lebanese border were scouted out as part of the plan. The operation was part of a larger scheme involving the same drug dealers smuggling weapons over the border into Israel from Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, the security service added.