(JNS.org) Hezbollah is working to enlist Palestinian operatives from Fatah’s Al Aksa Brigades to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in Judea and Samaria as well as elsewhere in Israel, a Palestinian security source said.
The Palestinian security source told the Saudi daily newspaper Okaz that "among those Hezbollah members involved in the operation is Kayis Ubayid, who was behind the kidnapping of Col. (res.) Elahanan Tenebaum in 2000,” the Jerusalem Post reported. Tenebaum was eventually returned to Israel in 2004 as part of a prisoner swap.
"We estimate that there are a number of youths who were drawn into joining Hezbollah's ranks and are now operating in the West Bank, because of economic hardship or the deterioration in the security situation," the source said, citing a recent terror attack near Beit Jala where an explosive device was thrown at Israeli soldiers as an example of Hezbollah’s involvement.
"We don't know how many people there are, but there is no doubt that the phenomenon is gaining momentum among former Al Aksa Brigade youths that have been approached by Hezbollah to work in exchange for economic support. The matter is a personal choice of these youth, who have chosen to take action against Israeli targets," the source said.