Authorities at the Port of Ashdod and police last week uncovered two containers with 16, 000 knives and hundreds of thousands of firecrackers that were destined for eastern Jerusalem Arabs to maim and slaughter Jews.
Police have arrested three suspects. A gag order on the smuggling of the weapons was lifted Thursday.
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Working with advanced intelligence, customs officers found two containers of goods that were wrapped as Christmas gifts. One container was full of firecrackers, and the other included knives, machetes, swords and electric shockers.
Police said the smuggling attempt was intended to “significantly upgrade: violence by Arabs, who recently have turned firecrackers, which have become the latest fad for Arab rioters to injure or maim police officers trying to quell riots.
If the containers had slipped through, the organizers of violence in eastern Jerusalem would have had an opportunity to make Tuesday’s slaughter of Jews praying at a Jerusalem synagogue just a drop in a sea of Jewish blood.
The police investigation might help security officials track down a major source of the Arab riots and perhaps put a serious hole in the heart of what appears to be an organized war to take Jerusalem away from Israel.