Schalit deal prisoners 370.
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Security forces arrested a Palestinian man from Nablus on suspicion of plotting
to carry out a terrorist attack, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced
in a statement on Wednesday.
The suspect, 24-year-old Amir Brakhat, had
made the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, where he met and was recruited by Amir
Dukan, a convicted terrorist from Nablus whom Israel released to the Gaza Strip
as part of the 2011 Schalit prisoner exchange.
Dukan offered Brakhat
$60,000 to open fire at Israeli traffic near Nablus or hurl a grenade at the IDF
checkpoint located in Hawara, the investigation revealed.
return [from Saudi Arabia], 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
“This investigation again illustrates the attempts by terrorist
organizations to promote their activity in the West Bank through the increased
use of ex-prisoners released in the Schalit deal,” the security agency
“In this context, the Umrah is exploited for meetings on Saudi
territory, for the passing of messages, ideas and plans to carry out acts of
The Shin Bet has observed an increase in the number of
terrorist plots involving ex-security prisoners who were among the 1,200
prisoners released by Israel in 2011 in exchange for the return of IDF soldier
Gilad Schalit, who was held captive in Gaza for over five years by
The security agency also announced on Wednesday that it arrested
two men on suspicion of attempting to smuggle Hamas money earmarked for
terrorism from Jordan to the West Bank.
Moreover, the money was traced
back to the very same Amir Dukan at the center of the first investigation, the
agency noted. The men had hidden 10,000 euros and $900 in cigarette
The two men were charged on March 13 at the Samaria Military
Court with a range of offenses, including aiding the enemy, contact with the
enemy and attempting to carry out a service for an illegal
The Shin Bet said Hamas regularly attempts to use couriers
to smuggle cash from Jordan to the West Bank via the Allenby Bridge border
crossing located near Jericho.