BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – A Palestinian man was sentenced to eleven years in prison on Friday after the Israeli authorities uncovered his plot to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat.
Mohamad Jabal Rashideh, 31, of eastern Jerusalem, was allegedly plotting with two others to carry out the assassinations of Netanyahu and Barakat in Jerusalem.
“Working on orders from terrorist operatives abroad, Muhammad planned to carry out a number of significant terror attacks against a variety of targets,” the Israeli security services said on Friday.
“According to the security agency, Rashdeh was working for members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a terrorist group in Syria that fights for the Assad regime and is not affiliated with the locally-based PFLP from which it split in the 1960s. The Syria-based group was responsible for a series of fatal terror attacks in the 1970s and 1980s, including an attack on a school bus that claimed the lives of nine children and three adults,” the Times of Israel reported.
The Syrian government nor the PFLP have commented on these latest accusations.