Israel safety company says it foiled plot to hurt Netanyahu

Terror plot to assassinate Netanyahu Jerusalem mayor foiled

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Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency thwarted a terror cell directed by an operative in Syria who planned to harm senior Israeli figures and global delegations, it was announced on Tuesday.

Rashdeh was arrested April 24 and two other suspects were collared two weeks later, according to the security service, which didn't identify the alleged accomplices.

Israel says it truncated a plot to attack its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, after its officials arrested a Palestinian citizen of Israel.

It said on Tuesday that Muhammad Rashdeh, a 30-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat refugee camp, had also collected intelligence on his Syrian handler's behalf to target the US Consulate in Jerusalem and visiting Canadian officials who were to train Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank.

The cell also planned to bring a terrorist into Israel from Jordan to help advance the attacks, according to the ISA.

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In a statement issued, the security service indicated that working on orders from operatives overseas, Rashdeh planned to carry out a number of significant terror attacks against a variety of targets. "I could trust them and sleep quietly and safely", he said in a statement.

"We enthusiastically are coming to Israel, to the capital city of Jerusalem, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel's rebirth, and to demonstrate by our presence our deep solidarity with, and enduring support, for Israel", AJC CEO David Harris said in the press release.

In February, the security service revealed that an Islamic Jihad plot had been foiled to assassinate Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman.

There was no immediate comment from Netanyahu, who is now on an official visit to France.

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