The IDF nabbed two Fatah terrorists Friday night as they were on their way to carry out a suicide attack in Tel Aviv. One terrorist was caught near Sderot and the other in Jaffa, next to Tel Aviv.
Army troops discovered a hole in the security fence next to Gaza and shortly later found an 18-year-old terrorist wearing a five-kilogram (11-pound) suicide belt in a field in Kibbutz Nir Am near Sderot in the Negev. The terrorist attempted to detonate the explosives upon his arrest, but the device failed.
After an initial investigation, intelligence officials located the second terrorist, a 25-year-old Gaza Arab, near Tel Aviv where he lived with his Israeli Arab wife and two children. He was able to travel freely in Israeli because of a change in Israeli law that eased restrictions for Yesha Arabs married to Israeli citizens.
The terrorists were members of the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), which committed itself at Sharm el-Sheikh in February to cease from terrorist attacks. Abu Mazen recently told ABC news in the United States that the "era of suicide bombings" had ended.
Arab terrorists also lightly injured two IDF soldiers in an attack on the Jewish community in Hevron on Friday. The soldiers returned fire, but the terrorists escaped.