Security forces arrested a Palestinian man from Nablus on suspicion of plotting to carry out a terrorist attack, adding that he had been recruited in Mecca after meeting a terrorist released by Israel in 2011 in the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange.
The suspect, Amir Brakhat, 24, had made the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, where he met Amir Dukan, a convicted terrorist from Nablus who had been released by Israel to Gaza, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said.
Dukan offered Brakhat 60 thousand dollars in exchange for opening fire on Israeli traffic near Nablus, or hurling a grenade at the IDF checkpoint located in Hawara, the investigation revealed.
"Upon his return, Brakhat got in touch with Dukan and said he was prepared to carry out the attack. He tried to obtain a gun," the Shin Bet said.