Israeli paratroopers walk a dirt road on their way to a Lebanese village during the second Lebanon War, Aug. 12, 2006. (AP)

August 27, 2018

Israel has accused Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” and Iran of plotting an attack on a military patrol in the West Bank.

Palestinian security forces this week thwarted the bombing attack intended to hamper ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to an Israeli security report.

The Palestinian forces discovered a large bomb on the road that connects the Palestinian villages of Beit Liqya and Beit Anan west of Ramallah, said the report.

The forces defused the bomb and notified Israeli authorities, it added.

The road is frequently used by Israeli forces.

Had it exploded, the bomb would have caused huge losses and damages, because it was assembled with two gas canisters attached to an explosive device filled with nails.

Sources noted that the bomb-making matched the modus operandi of “Hezbollah” and the Palestinian “Islamic Jihad,” which has operatives in Beit Liqya.

Israeli investigators believe that plotting for such an attack on the eve of a truce agreement between Israel and “Hamas” was a message of discontent from Iran and its militias.

“They have an objective in keeping a protracted war in Gaza,” the investigators said.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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