Two Israeli Arab Bedouins were indicted on Wednesday on charges of belonging to Osama bin Laden's global Al Qaeda terrorist network.
The two men, residents of the large southern Israel Bedouin town of Rahat, were arrested in May and June during a carefully executed operation by Israeli security forces.
Both men admitted during interrogation to working for Al Qaeda and to being members of the Global Jihad network.
The Israelis were tasked by Al Qaeda with casing potential targets for terrorist attacks in Israel. They are charged with giving Al Qaeda detailed information on how and when to attack strategic installations, several major shopping malls, a Tel Aviv skyscraper and Ben Gurion International Airport.
The terrorists also provided Al Qaeda with information on where to best infiltrate Israel.
This is the second time a group of Israeli Arabs have been arrested and tried for ties to Al Qaeda. In December, two Arab residents from northern Israel were charged with planning attacks on Israelis to gain acceptance by bin Laden's group.