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5 Palestinian prisoners charged with plotting to kidnap Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips

By Mason White 4:25 PM June 26, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
Five Palestinian who are imprisoned in Israel, were charged with plotting to kidnap Israeli soldiers, Israel Hayom reported.

The prisoners were charged on Monday, for plotting the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in order to use them as bargaining chips to secure the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

The five were charged in the Be’er Sheva District Court on multiple counts of conspiracy, including conspiracy to commit murder, and were accused of belonging to a terrorist group, aiding and abetting an enemy agent and contacting a foreign agent.

Haytham Salahiah, a security prisoner serving two consecutive life sentences, began conspiring with four other prisoners to kidnap Israeli soldiers. Salahiah, named in the indictment as the brain of the plot, used media reports to gather information and plan the kidnapping, described in great detail in notebooks found in his cell.

Evidence suggested that the kidnapping was to be funded by Hamas. Had the plan succeeded, the kidnapped soldiers would be transferred to the Gaza Strip immediately.

The five planned to demand the release of 477 Palestinian security prisoners in exchange for the return of any Israeli.