Security forces arrested a Hamas member from Ramallah who planned on carrying
out a kidnapping and shooting attacks. He was operating under the instructions
of a terror suspect who was released in the Gilad Schalit exchange and then
deported, the Israel Security Agency announced Monday.
The ISA named the
Ramallah suspect 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 became apparent
that Sa’ad had met with Hashem Ibrahaim Hajaz, a Hamas member sentenced to 10
life sentences for his involvement in the murder of 10 Israelis between 2001 and
2003. Hajaz, who is currently based in Qatar, was released as part of the 2011
deal, in which Israel released and deported over 1,000 Palestinian security
“During their meeting [in Jordan], Sa’ad was recruited to
Hamas and instructed to advance shooting and kidnapping attacks against settlers
and soldiers upon his return [to the West Bank],” the ISA said.
was 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,
exprisoners that were released in the 2011 deal had returned to terrorism, and
then attempt to secure the release of additional security prisoners.
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