Israeli security stopped a Palestinian Arab terrorist cell planning shooting attacking in Jerusalem, the Shin Bet stated on Tuesday.
The agency said the terror cell was operating in Judea and Samaria on behalf of terrorists in the Gaza Strip and was working to recruit additional terrorists for multiple attacks in the nation’s capital city.
“The effort to recruit gunmen for the terror plot was led by 40-year-old Tzabri Mahmoud Eram and 31-year-old Ayman Youssef Khalil Zakkut, both residents of Rafiah in the southern Gaza Strip,” Israel International News reported.
“The two terrorists are members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a pro-Iranian splinter group of the Fatah organization which is believed to be funded by both Hamas and Hezbollah,” it added.
The actions by the terrorists included smuggling firearms for an imminent attack.
The arrests come just two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the consequences on those who attempt acts of terror on Israel.
“Now, regarding the struggle against terrorism, our forces are active around the clock in order to settle accounts with the terrorists and thwart terrorist infrastructure. Dozens of terrorists have been eliminated in the past month; many others have been arrested,” Netanyahu said during his weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“I reiterate: Whoever tries to harm Israeli citizens will pay the price. We will find the terrorists and the architects of terrorism everywhere,” he added.
The actions are of special concern as Israel ramps up security in the Temple Mount area ahead of the Ramadan holiday, a month observed by Muslims that often include times of prayer at the location.
The arrests also follow multiple recent terror incidents, including the deaths of two brothers who were shot, leading to strong controversy across the nation.