Interior Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri signed an order Thursday temporarily barring two Arab terror suspects, Mesbah Mesbah Abu Sabih Sabih and Mohammed Yassin Sabah Yassin, from leaving Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.
In a statement, Rabbi Deri said the decision based on security intelligence suggesting that they were plotting to “promote actions that constitute a danger to the state and its citizens.”
The ban will be in effect for four weeks, but can be extended to up to six months, the minister said.
The men are suspected of targeting Yerushalayim and Yehuda and Shomron, though details were not immediately available.
According to the minister, Sabih, an east Yerushalayim Hamas activist, who works with the Al-Shabab Al-Aqsa organization, which has been behind much of the incitement surrounding the al-Aksa Mosque in recent months, was on his way to Jordan to meet with other extremists.
Yassin, from the same area, works with the jihadist al-Hirak al-Shabab youth movement.
“Signing an order prohibiting Israelis from departing Israel is an unusual step yet, but the government must exert full legal authority whenever there is a danger to the security of the State or its citizens,” he said in the statement.