Israel's security agency says thwarted plot to harm PM

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Israeli military officials blame Hamas for the bloodshed. The vast majority of casualties have been unarmed, with journalists, medics, teenagers and two women among the dead. But the high casualty count has drawn heavy global criticism.

A senior Israeli official has called for Israel to kill Palestinians who launch flaming kites into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Some 200 have floated across the border, torching over 2,000 acres (809.40 hectares) of farmland.

Rashdeh, a former security prisoner who also is an Israeli citizen, received his orders from members of the Syrian-based terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, a Shin Bet spokesman told the Times of Israel.

The planned attack would have also targeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israel's security service Shin Bet revealed on Tuesday Israeli forces arrested a man from Jerusalem suspected of planning to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat earlier this year.

Mayor Barkat released a statement praising the Shin Bet and saying the agency kept him updated throughout the process.

The suspect, who reportedly has an Israeli ID card, also meant to attack a delegation of canadian representatives of security living in Jerusalem, as well as against buildings belonging to the American Consulate. It says the plan concerned sneaking in an operative from Jordan and "important terrorist exercise" was foiled.

There was no immediate comment from Netanyahu, who is now on an official visit to France.