July 20, 2015
- Israel Arrests Hamas Murder Cell – Gili Cohen
Hamas members suspected of killing Malachi Rosenfeld and wounding three other Israelis in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank last month have been arrested, the Israel Security Agency announced Sunday. The cell was also responsible for a shooting two days earlier targeting an Israeli ambulance and other vehicles.
The attacks were directed by Hamas member Ahmed Najar, who was released from an Israeli prison as part of the 2011 Shalit deal and deported to Gaza. He then moved to Jordan, which he uses as a base from which to direct attacks against Israelis. (Ha’aretz)
See also West Bank Murder Arrest: A Reminder of Shalit Deal’s Price – Amos Harel
The arrest of the killers of Malachi Rosenfeld highlighted the ever-growing price of the 2011 prisoner exchange that freed kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Hamas’ West Bank terror network is now run mainly by prisoners freed in that deal. After leaving jail, they return to doing what they were doing before, because that’s what they know best.
The person suspected of actually firing the gun that killed Rosenfeld, Maad Hamad, was arrested by the PA. Since the beginning of the month, the PA has arrested 250 people suspected of belonging to Hamas’ military wing. Some are suspected of planning kidnappings or shooting attacks against Israelis, but in addition, some are suspected of planning attacks against senior PA officials. (Ha’aretz)
See also Palestinians Freed in Shalit Deal Killed 6 Israelis since 2014 – Tamar Pileggi (Times of Israel)