Hamas operatives in the West Bank are plotting a major terror attack against Israelis, Channel 10 quoted unnamed Palestinian security officials saying Friday.
While Palestinian Authority forces are working to prevent attacks, their rivals in the Islamist movement are investing considerable resources in trying to carry out a large-scale attack in the West Bank, the channel reported.
Such a strike may seek to draw Israel into a broader conflict against the group which rules the Gaza Strip.
PA security forces arrested more than 19 Hamas members in the West Bank suspected of planning to carry out stabbing attacks over the past few days, according to Palestinian sources. The IDF also arrested five members of a Hamas cell based near Nablus earlier this month who claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting of Eitam and Naama Henkin on October 1.
The Islamist terror group controlling the Gaza Strip has called for two “days of rage” in the past week, exhorting Palestinians to march of Israeli checkpoints.
According to the same anonymous sources, Fatah’s military wing may also soon begin perpetrating attacks, despite the fact that the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority is ostensibly working to curb attacks against Israelis.
Meanwhile the Israeli government was said to consider adopting even more stringent measures against captured terrorists than those already approved by the security cabinet.
“If attacks continue, we will start deporting the families of terrorists to Gaza,” Channel 10 quotes an unnamed senior security official as saying.
The report of Hamas intrigues came as the violence continued to grip the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a Palestinian terrorist stabbing an IDF soldier in Hebron on Friday and Arabic media reporting four Palestinians shot dead in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, according to Channel 2.