Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated.that intelligence provided by his country foiled a plot by the Islamic State group to bring down a plane from Australia.
The explosive device inside a meat grinder was reportedly hidden in a bag and due to be taken on board an Etihad flight from Sydney last July.
Federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton stated.the planned attack on the A380 airliner would have ‘killed hundreds’ had it been detonated.
An Etihad flight was bound from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was the planned target last year leading to raids in Australia
He confirmed the device never made it through security after intelligence was shared through channels from Israel.
‘I can confirm it and in doing so I want to thank the Israelis very much,’ Mr Dutton told Sky News on Thursday.
‘Obviously we’ve got a very close working relationship with them, with our other partners, but Israel is a very important intelligence sharing partner for us.
‘We did get intelligence advice from Israel and it meant that ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) then reached out to other partners and with all of the information packaged together, it resulted in arrests.’
Home affairs minister Petter Dutton stated.14 attacks had been thwarted by Australian agencies since 2015
But according to the ABC, the statements from Mr Netanyahu and Mr Dutton conflict with what was stated.at the time.
Australian authorities had stated.they had received a tip-off about the attack and the alleged attackers 11 days after the foiled attempt on the airliner.
The network also reported the former deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police stated.in August 2017 – a month after the attempted attack – that the device did not get past check-in because the bag was over the hand-baggage weight limit.
But the Australian government denied to comment further on the inconsistencies in the statements by Mr Dutton and Mr Netanyahu appearing to claim security services knew about the attacks before they took place, as it was claimed at the time, the ABC reports.
Officers from New South Wales Police carried out a raid at an address in Surry Hills, Sydney
Two men – Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat – have been arrested and are awaiting trial accused of co-coordinating the attack on the Sydney to Abu Dhabi flight on July 15, 2017.
Mr Dutton revealed in a speech on Wednesday that Australian agencies had prevented ’14 imminent terrorist attacks’ in the last three years while 85 people had been charged ‘in relation to terrorism operations’.
‘The Israeli intelligence services thwarted the downing of an Australian plane, an unimaginable slaughter,’ Mr Netanyahu earlier told an American Jewish conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stated.in Jerusalem on Wednesday the plot was foiled by Israeli and Australian security services
‘This would have caused a major disruption in global air transport and this is only one of dozens of terrorist attacks we have foiled around the world,’ Mr Netanyahu said, later referring to the failed plot as an IS attempt.
The Israeli army stated.one of its intelligence units, named 8200, provided the information in 2017 leading to the arrest of IS militants who were working ‘toward the execution of the attack’.
The elite unit gathers and analyses intelligence using sophisticated information technology.
The Israeli military stated.thwarting the attack ‘saved the lives of dozens’.
The time and route of the flight were not revealed.
Australian police believe the plot was orchestrated by ‘a senior member of the Islamic State’
Khaled Khayat (left) and Mahmoud Khayat (right) are awaiting trial after being arrested during raids last year
A series of raids were carried out across Sydney investigating an alleged plot to blow up a plane from Sydney
Last year Australia arrested two men and charged them with plotting to bring down an Etihad Airways passenger jet destined to fly to Abu Dhabi from Sydney.
They were accused of trying to smuggle an improvised explosive device onto a July 15 service, but the attempt was aborted before they reached security.
Australian police stated.the plot had been orchestrated by ‘a senior member of the Islamic State’ based overseas.
Etihad earlier this week confirmed it was working with authorities in Australia on their investigation.
Two men are accused of trying to smuggle an improvised explosive device onto an Etihad flight