(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)
Now released for publication: On September 21, 2008, IDF and ISA (Israel Security Agency) forces arrested Jamal Atallah Sabah Abu Duabe (born 1987), after he attempted to infiltrate into Israel via the Israeli-Egyptian border.

During his investigation by the ISA, he said that he infiltrated the southern border of the Gaza Strip into Egypt using an underground tunnel and that he stayed in Egypt for a few weeks during which he made final arrangements to cross back into Israel and implement the plans for the attack. He further stated that he was sent to Israel by senior members in the Hamas terror organization, who trained him and his squad and funded their operations, and with whom he maintained direct and continuous contact during his stay in Sinai. 

The objective of Abu Duaba’s squad was to kidnap Israeli soldiers and smuggle them through Egypt into Gaza, in order to use them as leverage in negotiations for the release of Palestinian prisoners. The plan was to be carried out using the assistance of an additional operative who waited in Egypt for the day of the attack.

The planned outline of the attack was to lure IDF soldiers to the Israeli-Egyptian border on the pretext of intercepting a drug smuggling attempt and then to abduct them into the Gaza strip via an underground tunnel. According to Abu Duaba, sleeping pills uncovered in his bag were to be used to anaesthetize the soldiers and allow their kidnapping without resistance.

Abu Duaba’s investigation also exposed the fact that he illegally stayed in Israel a number of times in the past, during which he made connections with criminal elements within Israel, which he planned to use to stage of a drug smuggling attempt as part of the attack.

On October 26, 2008, Abu Duaba was indicted in the Beer Sheva District Regional Court.