Israel’s Security Service: Prisoners from Gilad Shalit Swap Returning to Terrorism
by Zach Pontz
Israel’s internal security service has warned that Palestinian prisoners involved in the Gilad Shalit prisoner-exchange deal are increasingly returning to terrorism, according to Israel Hayom.
Following the arrest of a Palestinian man who accepted money from a former Palestinian prisoner to carry out a terrorist attack against military or civilian targets, the Shin Bet warned, “There has been a notable increase recently in military operations by those [prisoners] who were freed in the ‘Shalit deal’ and went to the Gaza Strip.”
The Israel Defense Forces helped the Shin Bet track Amir Barakat, 25, who was trying to obtain a weapon for an attack when intelligence operatives arrested him.
Barakat had been persuaded by Amir Dokan, a former Palestinian prisoner who was released by Israel in the deal with Hamas to free kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, to carryout the attack. Dokan was exiled to the Gaza Strip, but met Barakat while the two were on their way to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
According to the Shin Bet, Dokan offered Barakat $60,000 to fire rounds on a service road or to throw a grenade at the Hawara checkpoint, both of which are near Nablus.
In October 2011, Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners in exchange for Shalit, who was kidnapped and held in the Gaza Strip for nearly five- and-a-half -years