The defense establishment has revealed Tuesday morning that it has arrested a Palestinian man who was recruited to establish a terror cell in the West Bank and carry out terror attacks while using a special permit he received in order to undergo medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.
The man, Jabar Derabiya, 43, a Gaza resident was arrested two months ago at the Erez crossing as he was on his way from Gaza into Israel to plan terror attacks against Israeli targets. Security sources say that during the investigation Derabiya admitted to being recruited to the mission by the former commander of the Popular Resistance Committees Jamal Abu Smhadana, who has since been killed by Israel Defense Forces.
In his investigation, Derabiya said that he was recruited in order to take advantage of his medical condition and the permits which allows him to undergo treatments in Israel. The plan, Derabiya revealed, was to enter Israel using the permit, and then enter the West Bank rather than return to Gaza in order to establish terror cells there and perpetrate attacks against Israeli targets.
Initially, it was revealed, the plan to use Derabiya was scrapped when Abu Smhadana was killed in Gaza earlier in the summer, but was then reinstated when a replacement was found for the dead commander.
The defense establishment responded to Derabiya's arrest saying, "this is another attempt of the terror organization, operating by exploiting Palestinian civilians entering Israel for medical treatment on a humanitarian background, for carrying out terror attacks against the State of Israel."