A terrorist cell made up of six Israeli Arabs was recently arrested by Israeli security forces after they were discovered planning to assassinate US President George W. Bush during his visit to the region in May.
According to information released by security officials to the press on Friday, the cell was working on behalf of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network.
Among the cell's members were two Arab students at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. One of the students had a clear view of the university's helicopter landing pad from his windows and took numerous photographs of helicopters landing and taking off. It is believed the group's plan was to bomb a helicopter that took Bush on a tour of Jerusalem as he participated in Israel's 60th Independence Day celebrations.
Bomb-making instructions were found on several of the suspects' personal computers.
Two Israeli Arab Bedouins from the south of the country were recently indicted on charges of working for Al Qaeda.