A group of Palestinians from a village north of Jerusalem plotted to kidnap an Israeli soldier and use him as a bargaining chip to secure the release of Ahmed Sadat, the former head of the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine, currently jailed in Israel, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed on Monday.
According to the Shin Bet, the cell was led by Rajab Aldin, a 42-year-old resident of the town of Hizma and PFLP operative. The cell planned to kidnap a soldier, hide him in a safe house or cave near the village and then transfer him in exchange for cash to relatives of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.
The cell members planned to offer the kidnapped soldier to Sadat’s relatives as well as to the family of jailed Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti.
Sadat was sentenced in 2008 to 30 years in prison for running a terrorist organization, which was behind numerous attacks against Israel during the Second Intifada and carried out the assassination of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi in 2001.