‘Dad, I’m going to carry out an attack today’
By Ari Soffer
An Arab-Israeli from northern Israel was arrested Tuesday after sending an SMS to his father informing him he was going to carry out a terrorist attack – prompting his father to turn to police.
The father, who lives in a village close to Nazareth in the Galilee, alerted the police emergency hotline as soon as he received the message, which read: “Today you will hear good things about me – I’m going to carry out an attack.”
Other family members received the same message, according to Israel’s Channel 2, which released a transcript of the father’s frantic conversations with the police call center, during which he repeatedly urged them to send a patrol car to his home.
Father: Can I order a patrol car to my house?
Operator: Why, what happened?
Father: There is an important issue
Operator: What kind of important issue?
Father: An important issue. My son has been away from home for nearly 10 days and he is threatening people and (threatening) the security of the state
Operator: Your son is threatening state security?! Does your son want to do something?!
Father: Yes, yes. He has someone else from our village
Operator: You don’t know where he is?
Father: If I knew, I’d conduct an operation against him myself
In a second conversation the increasingly agitated father asks how long it will take for police to arrive.
Father: I don’t feel good. Send me a patrol car. Just in how many minutes? Tell me how many minutes!
Operator: I don’t know how many minutes (it will take). I have sent a patrol car to you
Nazareth District Commander, Chief Superintendent Shai Dichter, said police acted as soon as possible to locate and arrest the suspect, and opened an investigation immediately
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