Israel Foils Hamas Abduction Plan

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JERUSALEM, Israel - On Sunday, the Shin Bet disclosed details of a Hamas plot to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.

Gaza-based Hamas terrorists recruited, trained and financed Jamal Abu Duabeh, 21, to lure IDF soldiers to the border, where he would anesthetize them and transport them into Egypt by jeep.

From there, he and an accomplice would use one of the smuggling tunnels to take the soldier into Gaza.

The men were to take advantage of the tadhiyeh with Israel to carry out the abduction.

The Shin Bet reported that Abu Duabeh had been arrested in the past for illegal entry into Israel.

In a separate incident, an Israeli park ranger managed to thwart 20-year-old Arab from stabbing him Sunday morning.

Pini Birenbaum, a ranger with the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority, was making his rounds on the Jerusalem Trail in the Yad Avshalom neighborhood near the Mount of Olives when the young Arab approached him.

"I saw him coming toward me and at first I didn't think anything of it," he told The Jerusalem Post. "But as he got closer, I could see he was hiding something in his right hand. It looked to me like some kind of a tool or even a knife," he said.

"He walked right up to me and tried to stab me in the abdomen," the ranger said. "It all happened so fast. If I hadn't been paying attention or if I had acted more slowly, God forbid, you might not be interviewing me right now," he said.

Birenbaum was able to avert the knife, draw his handgun and hold the attacker until police and border patrol officers arrived five minutes later.

While the ranger acknowledged that the attempted stabbing was part of an increasing trend, he said people should not be afraid.

"I see what's going on and I want to tell Israelis and tourists from all over the world not to be afraid," Birenbaum said.

"You are all invited to come to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, and experience an important part of our history here. We have a first-rate police force that is watching out for us, and good, everyday people who make this a safer place," he said.

"The point is to not be afraid and to keep enjoying Jerusalem," Birenbaum said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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