January 22, 2014

Israel Busts 3 AQ Types in Jerusalem

They were recruited online, buy a guy in Gaza. But they got caught and won't get a chance to blow up Jewish kids. At least, not until the next time Israel exchanges dozens of these guys for a single hostage and they become Pali heroes and go on the PA payroll. After that, all bets are off. Such is life in Israel:

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Wednesday that it arrested three Palestinians from east Jerusalem recruited online by an al-Qaida operative in Gaza, who were in the midst of preparations to carry out a string of large-scale bombing and shooting attacks on multiple targets in Israel.

The intended targets included the Jerusalem Convention Center, a bus traveling between the capital and Ma'aleh Adumim, the US embassy in Tel Aviv, and emergency responders who would have arrived at the scene of attacks.

The guy that recruited these guys? Yeah, safely in Gaza under the protection of Hamas.

But the author has a key takeaway:

The investigation underlines the fact that the Internet remains the main means of expansion for global jihadi elements, the source said. Terrorist operatives use the internet to create operational cells, local commanders, and transfer bomb-making know-how.

The relationship between recruits and their handlers online is similar to relations between a cow and a calf, the source said. "The calf wants to suckle, and the cow wants to give it milk," he added.

Apparently these guys were recruited, received "virtually training", and were prepared to act on their intentions within a very short period of time. That's something to think about.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:24 AM | Comments |