Two Jenin residents and two Arab-Israelis from Qalansawe and Umm al-Fahm were arrested in December on suspicion of trying to abduct Israelis for ransom.
The story was cleared for publication Sunday following the filing of an indictment against the two Israelis in the Lod District Court.
Three cell members were arrested in a car in a joint Shin Bet-police operation close to the Eyal Junction, near Kfar Saba.
A car search found ropes, scotch tape, knitted hats, a utility knife and a mock gun, said to be meant to aid in the abduction the cell planned for New Year’s Eve.
The main cell-members are Sayd Manjad Dib Jasser, 19, Taufik Hader Taufic Ajbarieh, 18, from Jenin and Yussef Hasan Yussef Warda, 34, from Qalansawe
Anes Jabareen, 18, an Israeli from Umm al-Fahm, was also indicted together with Warda for charges of attempted kidnapping for ransom, contacting a foreign agent and assisting an illegal association.
Following a Shin Bet interrogation further eight suspects from the Jenin area were also arrested.
In their interrogation Warda, Jasser and Ajbarieh confessed that for two days they made several attempts to abduct Israeli soldiers and citizens from public transport stations around central Israel, but failed since no one consented to get in their car.
Following their initial failures, the cell members attempted to kidnap partiers returning from New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Failing again, the three spent the night prior to their arrest in the Eyal Junction, hoping to start fresh the next morning.
The cell members planned to take the abducted Israeli to Jenin using Warda’s Israeli citizen ID to pass through the road-blocks and conduct the ransom negotiations from there.
The Shin Bet stated that the arrested cell members said they received their instructions from two Islamic Jihad operatives, one of whom is a prisoner in an Israeli jail.
Following the arrests, the cell leader turned himself in to the Palestinian security forces.
Another Israeli, Anes Jabareen from Umm al-Fahm, was also arrested under suspicion of housing the cell members the night prior to their arrest.
Jabareen, the son of a Jenin Palestinian and an Israeli citizen, was allegedly aware of the cell members plot, but still gave them shelter in his home.
“The affair illustrates once again the terrorist organizations’ intentions to abduct Israelis to use as a betting chip in prisoner release negotiations, with the active involvement of terrorists already in Israeli prisons,” the Shin Bet stated.
“Terrorist organizations are continuing to try and use Arab-Israelis to further their cause, taking advantage of the freedom of movement the Israeli ID allows them as well as Arab-Israelis ability to smuggle Judea and Samaria residents in their car.”