Israel indicts U.S. citizen accused of planning to attack Muslim holy sites

An American man was indicted for allegedly conspiring to attack Muslim holy sites in Israel after being arrested by Israeli police (illustrative). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Israeli government has indicted a U.S. citizen from Texas illegally living in Israel who allegedly planned to attack Muslim holy sites in the Jewish state using explosives. 

The man, who is Christian, was identified as 30-year-old Adam Everett Livvix after being arrested Nov. 19. He was charged Monday for conspiring with his roommate, who is an IDF soldier, to steal three pounds of explosives from the Israeli military. Police discovered ammunition in his possession.

"Under questioning, Livvix admitted... he had weighed various ideas about committing terrorist attacks at different venues and even gave preliminary thought to the possibility of attacking venues [of] Islamic holy places in Israel," the Shin Bet security agency said.

Israeli police also said that Livvix had once pretended to be an ex-U.S. Navy SEAL and received an offer from a unnamed Palestinian man to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama while Obama was visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2013. Although Livvix declined that offer, the incident spurred the FBI to begin investigating him. Livvix is also wanted in the U.S. on drug charges, Israeli officials said.

Posted on December 10, 2014 .