Two residents of the northern Israel town of Ein Mahil have been indicted for conspiracy to commit acts of terror and contact with foreign terror operatives, the Israel Police and Shin Bet announce in a statement at the end of a joint investigation.
On January 1, Ein Mahil resident Rami Habibullah, 43, was arrested on suspicion of making contact with Hamas operatives abroad and providing them with information about a security plant close to his home with the hope that they would fire rockets at it, the police and Shin Bet say.
He then worked with the foreign terror operatives to recruit more Arabs inside Israel to his cause.
As part of the investigation, 35-year-old Khaled Saleh was also arrested and found to have agreed to carry out terror activities with Habibullah and to provide the necessary weapons to do so.
“This is a serious activity by Israeli citizens who hatched a malicious plan with Hamas operatives while the State of Israel is in the middle of fighting against that terrorist organization,” the two security agencies say, adding that the plans were thwarted in their initial stages before any harm could be done to Israel’s security.