Indictment filed against Palestinian who sought to kill FM

Ibrahim Zir headed cell that plotted to fire an RPG at Avigdor Liberman’s convoy

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in May. (photo credit: Flash90)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in May. (photo credit: Flash90)

An indictment was filed Thursday against a Palestinian man who planned to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman during the summer war with Hamas.

According to the indictment, filed in the Judea Military Court, Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, a former convict who served time in Israeli prison for terror-related activities, “planned to buy an RPG with his own money and fire at the convoy, in order to make Israel stop its fighting in Gaza.”

Three days later, he measured travel times between points that Liberman’s convoy would have to pass through. He then met a man named Yousef a-Sheikh, and asked him to help buy the RPG.

A-Sheikh responded that he would look into it and get back to Zir.

Zir recruited his brother Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, for the plot, as well as a local Palestinian man named Adnan Amin Mahmoud Zabih, 31.

The IDF, police and Shin Bet were involved in stymieing the plan, according to an official statement.

Zir is a resident of the village of Harmala, which sits several kilometers from the settlement of Nokdim, where Liberman lives.

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Israeli officials said they also uncovered during the interrogations Hamas plans to fire weapons and carry out hit-and-run attacks against settlers and Israeli troops in the area.

Joshua Davidovich contributed to this report.

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