About a month ago, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, detained a Palestinian Arab after discovering a missile in an open field in the east of Jerusalem.
According to Channel 12 on Sunday, Abdel Alhakim Buatna, a resident of Ajjul, north of Ramallah, was detained on suspicion of planning to launch the rocket at Israelis during this year’s Jerusalem Day flag procession in May.
Buatna is thought to have attempted to make explosive rockets after learning about their manufacture online, but he was unable to launch them because of his inexperience and poor workmanship.
Every year, tens of thousands of Israelis take part in the flag march that passes through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City before arriving at the Western Wall plaza.
The march honors the city’s reunification during the 1967 Six-Day War. Several terrorist organizations issued warnings before the festival.
Salah al-Bardawil, a member of the Hamas political bureau, warned that “the march of the Zionist flags will not pass and the response will inevitably come,” according to a Palestinian Authority source who said that Israel is “playing with fire.”
Recent indications indicate that Palestinian terrorist organizations are trying to launch rockets against Israelis from Judea and Samaria, despite the fact that the Shin Bet investigation determined that the suspect operated alone.
In Nazlet Zeid, a small town in northern Samaria close to Jenin, the IDF discovered a “homemade” rocket launcher on May 25.
The Jewish community of Shaked was the target of the missile. On May 9, Shin Bet director Ronen Bar disclosed that Israel had just dismantled a terrorist organization close to Jenin that was preparing rockets to be launched from Samaria towards Israeli locations.