The Palestinian government has repeatedly been caught publishing incitement against Israel, but this week a couple of their intelligence officers were arrested for more than inciting violence—they were equipping it. Israeli security forces snagged four Palestinians—two of whom are members of the Palestinian Authority security forces—for producing and trafficking improvised weapons, including assault rifles.
An Israel Security Agency (ISA) press release on the arrest noted it wasn’t a coincidence that the Palestinian intelligence officers were involved: “It is believed that the producers/traffickers used their connections to traffic with weapons dealers in Israel.” Israeli Prime Minister’s Offcie spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted that the gun traffickers “sold guns to terrorists.”
The ISA press release said the weapons “were traded within Judea and Samaria” [also called the West Bank] and included improvised Uzi submachine guns and improvised M-16 rifles.
The press release noted that two of the arrested gun traffickers are “active in the Palestinian Authority security services” in General Intelligence, while one member of the weapons group is just 14-years-old.
The arrests come during an increased wave of Palestinian terrorism that began last year. Terror shootings have among the variety of attacks used to murder Israelis.
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, July 11, 2016)