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Palestinian man arrested while wearing a mask worked as a cook in Jerusalem. He told police he intended to steal a knife from his job for the attack.

By Pesach Benson, TPS and United with Israel staff

A Palestinian resident of eastern Jerusalem arrested by police revealed to interrogators he intended to carry out a stabbing attack in the capital city during the Passover holiday, the Israeli Police announced on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Palestinian was arrested in recent days while wearing a mask. Police said the suspect had been hanging flags associated with a Palestinian terror group on the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian, who worked as a cook in Jerusalem, told police he intended to steal a knife from his job for the attack.

Also on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces announced that Israeli security forces had arrested seven wanted Palestinians in Wednesday night counter-terror raids around Judea and Samaria.

Four Palestinians were arrested in the village of Al-Auja, near Jericho.

In the village of Tamon, in northern Samaria, Palestinians shot at soldiers from a passing car. The soldiers returned fire.

One Palestinian was arrested in Hebron while another two were arrested in the nearby village of Beit Ummar.

No Israeli forces were injured.