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Prisoner Released as Part of Shalit Deal Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas waves with released Palestinian prisoners. Photo: Issam Rimawi/FLASH90.

A Palestinian-Arab released from Israeli prison, as part of the government’s deal to rescue captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, was arrested on Monday for plotting another act of terrorism, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.

Caught with a knife on his person, the 26-year-old confessed to Israeli security forces that he was planning to enter one of the Jewish communities located over the Green Line and launch an attack. He was apprehended at the Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank only two weeks before the fourth and final scheduled release, as part of ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, of convicted Palestinian-Arab terrorists from Israeli prisons.

The suspect has already spent one three-year stint in an Israeli prison after opening fire on a West Bank Jewish neighborhood, Channel 10 reported.

Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by Hamas for over five years, was freed in late 2011 in return for the release of over 1,000 convicted prisoners who were subsequently turned over to the Palestinian Authority. At the time, the freed felons promised to not continue terrorist activities, Channel 10 said.

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday and stressed the importance of Israel fulfilling its obligation to release the convicted terrorists as agreed by the end of March. Since the negotiations between Israel and the PA started up again in September, Palestinian-Arab prisoners have been released by Israel on three separate occasions as agreed upon by the PA and the Israeli government.

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