Israel on Sunday (April 7) revealed that its security forces recently captured a Hamas terrorist cell operating out of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
The five-man cell had been behind a string of recent stone and firebomb attacks on and around the Temple Mount. Nine Israeli police officers were wounded last month in one of the firebomb attacks.
Materials to make the firebombs were smuggled onto the Temple Mount by Arab children, whom the terrorists knew were less likely to be searched by Israeli security.
The terrorists said they were motivated by alleged Israeli efforts to “Judaize” the Temple Mount (hint: it is already Judaism’s holiest site for well over 3,000 years).
They also took issue with so-called desecration of the Koran at the Temple Mount. The incident they were referring to involved an Israeli police officer who last month moved a chair, causing a Koran to fall onto the floor. (That last sentence is not a joke.)