Texas Christian Fundamentalist Arrested in Israel for Allegedly Planning to Blow Up Islamic Sites
Although the news media typically focuses on Muslim terrorists, the truth is that most terrorism in the United States is conducted by non-Muslims. Out of Israel this week comes a case that involves our country actually exporting this terror, as American Adam Livix was arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up Muslim holy sites.
Livix is a 30-year-old evangelical from Texas who left the United States last year when he was sought for drug-related charges. He has lived in Israel since March 2013, apparently overstaying his tourist visa (his charges include being an undocumented resident).
Livix first lived in Hebron and Bethlehem, among West Bank Palestinians, claiming to be a Navy SEAL. Interestingly, Livix lived in the section of Hebron where Jewish extremists who likely killed Palestinian-American Alex Odeh once fled to. The Israeli security agency Shin Bet claimed he was asked by Palestinian activists to be part of a plot to assassinate President Obama, but that he declined that offer (it isn't clear who approached him about this earlier alleged plot, or if it even existed beyond conjecture).
Livix later moved to Israel, and began planning terror attacks on Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. He was assisted in this endeavor by an Israeli soldier with whom he lived. His roommate slowly obtained explosives and other armaments stolen from the Israeli army and “expressed ... his negative opinion of the Arab population of Israel and his wish to harm sites in Israel holy to Islam,” according to Israel's Justice Ministry.
Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, correspondent Ben Wedeman said Livix was “fairly close” to pulling off the plot, having successfully staked out sites for attacks and receiving the explosives from his roommate.