IDF officers involved said that they haven’t seen such a major operation in years. Thankfully they uncovered this massive terror cell. This isn’t the television show Fauda, this is our reality.
The damage this terror cell was planning was huge. Suicide bombings all across Israel.
This was a Hamas cell. Due to the Gaza rocket attacks, border attacks and infiltrations, many people mistakenly think that Hamas is only in Gaza. That is a mistake. The Hamas terror group also exists in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). The Palestinian Authority and Hamas are enemies. They both are focused on killing Jews and destroying Israel, but they also fight among themselves.
The Palestinian Authority is in charge of Judea and Samaria, so they do not allow Hamas to strengthen in their territory.
The Israeli intelligence agency described the cell as unusual in its scope and activities. It was plotting major terrorist atrocities, including suicide bombings, planting bombs and gun attacks targeting Israeli cities and smaller communities.
The IDF Stopped a Disaster
“These devices, had they gone off in a bus, would have destroyed it completely. The same is true of a cafe, of course,” said Lt.-Col. (res.) Guy Russo, commander of the 8109 reserve battalion, which took part in a series of counter-terrorist operations against the Hamas cell in Nablus.
“As a reserve officer, to see the powerful explosions, [it] strengthened our sense of purpose and our [resolve to] contribute to the State of Israel,” he said.
“This was an organized, professional cell with many explosives that had major destructive power. I don’t recall such a cell in recent years that we broke up,” the battalion commander said.