Hamas terror cell sought to kidnap Likud MK Yehudah Glick

3 charged with plotting against lawmaker and IDF’s Arabic spokesman Avichai Adraee, before deciding that targeting a soldier or settler would be more feasible

Likud MK Yehudah Glick outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, where he submitted a petition to allow lawmakers to visit the Temple Mount, after a ban of nearly 18 months. (Raoul Wootliff/Times of Israel)
Likud MK Yehudah Glick outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, where he submitted a petition to allow lawmakers to visit the Temple Mount, after a ban of nearly 18 months. (Raoul Wootliff/Times of Israel)

Three Hamas terrorists were indicted Wednesday for planning to kidnap Likud MK Yehudah Glick and the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson.

Last week, Shin Bet security service arrested the head of the cell, Mo’ad Eshtiya, 26, along with 19-year-old twin brothers Mohammed and Ahmad Ramadan in the Palestinian village of Tel near Nablus.

According to the incident filed against the three in the Samaria Military Court, the suspects backtracked on their original plans to abduct Glick and the IDF’s Avichai Adraee and were instead plotting to kidnap an Israeli soldier or settler.

Eshtiya looked up information on Glick and Adraee on the internet before deciding that kidnapping a soldier or settler would be more feasible, the indictment said.

Following the arrests, the Shin Bet said that the Nablus-area cell had been in contact with officials from the terror group in the Gaza Strip, which was financing the operation.

IDF Arabic Spokesman Avichai Adraee. (Screen capture/YouTube)

According to Israel Radio, the terror cell’s goal was to use the attack to advance negotiations for the release of Palestinian security prisoners currently in Israeli jails.

Glick, an activist for Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount, though not at the expense of Muslim prayer at the disputed holy site, was shot four times at close range by a Palestinian assailant in 2014 and was severely injured. After recovering, he went on to become a Likud lawmaker.

Speaking to The Times of Israel Wednesday, Glick thanked the security forces for their work in apprehending the terror cell members. “We must always remember that the quiet that exists in Israel is due to their efficient and dedicated activity,” he said.

Glick pledged to continue serving the public “with all my strength.”

“I am not afraid, but I certainly will continue to take all the necessary precautions,” the lawmaker added.

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