The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet) arrested 11 suspected terrorists from Hevron last month. The matter was only allowed for publication on Monday.
Among other things, the cell planned to carry out a suicide attack and tried to put the plan into action.
The central suspects are Shayeb Sultan, 20, of Hevron, and his cousin Salem Saltan, 28, a Hamas terrorit who served prison time and was held under administrative detention as well.
Meanwhile, security forces raided the home of Mahmud Abu Usba, the terrorist who stabbed a Jewish man Sunday in Jerusalem. Mayor Nir Barkat and one of his guards tackled and subdued Abu Usba.
The haredi man who was wounded in the attack is due to be released from hospital Monday. He is Avraham Goldschmidt, married with four children, from Betar Illit. He told the media from his hospital bed that he was on his way back from a Torah lesson, when he was stabbed by the 18-year-old terrorist from Bir Zeit.
"He came from behind me. I felt a blow to the stomach, and I saw a 17-year-old Arab holding a knife. I yelled to everyone, 'stabbing!' – so everyone would get away. He came up to stab me again. I hit him with my tefillin bag, and he went backward – but then he came at me again. I ran to the pedestrian crossing and shouted that it was a stabbing and asked whoever has weapons to neutralize him. "
"Barkat and his personal guard were there, thank God, and here I give them thanks. They showed remarkable resourcefulness, seeing as the terrorist still held a knife in hand." Only after the terrorist no longer posed a danger did Goldschmidt realize that he was full of blood.