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Israel Foils Hamas Plot to Take Over West Bank

August 22, 2014

“Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”  (Isaiah 8:10)

Israel has thwarted a Hamas plot to topple the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, begin the third intifada uprising, and establish a second front against Israel during Operation Protective Edge.

Hamas terrorist parade rockets while a youth sits in the open bed of the pickup truck.

Hamas terrorist parade their rockets while a youth sits in the open bed of the pickup truck.

Israel’s internal security, the Shin Bet, uncovered the plot during May and June, in the process of arresting over 90 Hamas operatives, confiscating guns and other weapons that included 24 M-16 rifles, six handguns, seven missile launchers, magazines, and ammunition, and seizing more than $170,000 funneled into the West Bank from Jordan to fund the attacks.

More than 70 indictments were served in recent days at military tribunals in the West Bank in connection with the plot.  

“The terrorists planned to undermine security and launch a third intifada.  They planned disturbances on the Temple Mount to rile the Palestinian masses.  They were waiting for talks between Israel and PA to collapse,” a Shin Bet source said.  (Algemeiner)

The terror cells, consisting of mostly Arab students of math, chemistry and engineering living in Judea and Samaria, were set up by Turkey-based Hamas leader, Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri.

The Shin Bet said that terrorist cells were set up all over Judea and Samaria including such places as Jenin, Nablus, eastern Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Hebron. 

On Wednesday, Israel’s Channel 2 aired a recording of al-Arouri claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach on June 12.

“I praise the brave action that the al-Qassam Brigades carried out, the kidnapping of the three settlers to Hebron,” al-Arouri said.  He also said the three Israelis were killed in response to the hunger strikes by Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli prisons.  (Times of Israel)

Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-Ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19

Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-Ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were on their way home for Shabbat when they were murdered because they were Jewish.  Yifrach lived in El’ad.  Fraenkel was a dual Israeli-American citizen and lived in Nof Ayalon.  Shaar was a resident of the Israeli settlement of Talmon.  Yifrah was a student at the Shavei Hevron Yeshiva on Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron.  Frenkel and Shaar were students of the Mekor Chaim Yeshiva at Kfar Etzion in the West Bank’s Area C, which is under full Israeli administration.

The revelation of the planned military coup has led Abbas to start a probe into the affair.  He said that the implications of the revealed plot “will be serious for the Palestinian and regional situation, especially after Israeli officials published a list and pictures of confiscated weapons.”  (Arutz Sheva)

Repeatedly referring to Hamas as being behind the plot to overthrow the Palestinian government, Abbas said that this could pose a serious threat to the future of any Palestinian Unity government.  (YNet)

The plot leaders had hoped to open a second front during the current Operation Protective Edge by overthrowing Abbas and beginning a new round of violence in Israel.

The security authority said that Hamas planned to use a third intifada to cover up a military coup in which it would seize control of the Palestinian government in Ramallah and place Mohammed Deif in control.

Deif commands the terrorist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas terror organization, which was founded in part by al-Arouri.  (YNet)

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