Israelsk politi har pågrepet en bakmann til drapene på tre jødiske studenter på Vestbredden i juni. Israel tror bortføringen ble planlagt av flere og at aksjonen har forgreninger til Gaza.

Hussam Kawasme, a native of Hebron, was arrested in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Officials did not say when he was caught.

Kawasme is thought to be the man telephoned by the two alleged kidnappers, Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha, after the abduction and murder; part of the call captured on a recording of an emergency call placed by one of the teens just before they were killed.

De antatte gjerningsmennene er fortsatt på frifot.

Israel believes Hamas operatives Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, who have been missing from their homes since the incident, abducted and killed the three teens, and officials said others connected with the case are being held.

While Hamas denied responsibility for the kidnapping, The Times of Israel has learned that Hussam Kawasme has a brother active in Hamas who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and deported to Gaza. It’s thought that the order to carry out the kidnapping came from there.

Those responsible work under the auspices of former Palestinian interior minister Fathi Hammad with another senior Hamas official in Ankara, Saleh al-Arouri, who are responsible for planning dozens of attacks in the West Bank, The Times of Israel was told.

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