Shin Bet Reveals Hamas Plot to Kidnap IDF Soldiers

Last year, Hamas terrorist Omar Abu Sanina was released from Israeli jail and transferred to the Gaza Strip as part of the deal to free Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity. Born in 1981 in Hebron, Abu Sanina was formerly a Fatah operative; he was sentenced to life in prison for murder. While he was in prison, Hamas agents recruited him to join their movement.

Released Hamas terrorists celebrating

Released Hamas terrorists celebrating

Recently, Abu Sanina sent a memory stick to his family in Judea and Samaria. On it were detailed instructions for how to kidnap an Israeli soldier. Abu Sanina intended for the information to reach operatives who he had recruited, but the memory stick was captured by the Shin Bet. It included the following excerpts:

“One should avoid hiding [the kidnapped soldier] in deserted places such as caves or forests, unless it’s their body or severed head. If dealing with a live person, which will need to be visited at least once a week (for supplying food etc.) it is best to hide them in a house, a farm, a workplace or similar.”

“Resources, weapons, and explosives should be prepared ahead of time. This with extreme caution and in the proper methods. It is possible to obtain weapons from the enemy, even if it necessitates the use of “cold” weaponry [knives, blades] first.”

“The first stage is to build a small team according to the orders, equipping its members with all the equipment, and training them in executing uncomplicated attacks.”

“We will be informed of the kidnapping only after its successful execution, and only through an encrypted channel. One must not talk openly or give away details, except in face-to-face meetings. We will officially announce the kidnapping via the Supreme Military Council.”