Israel today (January 22, 2014) said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, the ABC News website reports.
The Israeli Intelligence Agency arrested three Palestinians who allegedly plotted bombings, shootings, kidnappings, and other attacks. It said the Palestinian men -- two from Jerusalem and one from the West Bank -- were recruited by an operative based in the Gaza Strip who worked for al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri.
The U.S. State Department said it was not yet able to corroborate the Israeli claims.
While a number of groups inspired by al-Qaida have carried out attacks against Israel before, this appeared to mark the first time an attack on Israel was directly planned by al-Qaida leaders.