'Israel foiled Hamas attempt to kidnap IDF solider '

After a media blackout was lifted Thursday, the defense establishment revealed that the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) foiled a Hamas attempt to kidnap an IDF soldier in December 2009.
The group had hoped to use the captured soldier as a bargaining chip in prisoner exchange talks for the release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
Hamas terrorists were arrested near the Gaza border trying to smuggle explosive devices, a gun, a silencer and counterfeit money into Israel, said a defense source.
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