Arab-Israeli Indicted for Planning ISIS-Style Attacks in Jewish State
JNS.org – An Arab-Israeli man was indicted Monday for his alleged links to the Islamic State terror group and his plans to orchestrate attacks in Israel.
Anas Haj Yehiye, 35, was arrested in late January by the Shin Bet security agency and Israel Police, following intelligence-gathering on his suspected terrorist ties and activities. Haj Yehiye swore allegiance to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and was recruiting others for the formation of an ISIS terror cell within Israel, according to the Shin Bet.
The security agency said Haj Yehiye was planning attacks on a bus in Tel Aviv and against Israeli soldiers. He also distributed instructions to potential fellow terrorist operatives on the production of explosive belts, explosive devices connected to cellphones and lethal substances such as sarin gas. Islamic State’s “Detailed Guide for the Jihadist” was seized at Haj Yehiye’s home in the village of Taibe.
The Israeli State Attorney’s Office filed an indictment Monday against Haj Yehiye in the Central District Court. The Shin Bet said it “views Islamic State supporters in Israel as a severe security threat, and will use all counter-terrorist and preventive means at its disposal and will with those involved to the fullest extent of the law.”