Israeli intelligence helped Germany thwart planned terror attack

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Israeli intelligence officials helped Germany thwart a planned terror attack days after the Paris attacks, a German news magazine reported.

On Wednesday, Stern reported that Israel picked up intelligence about a plot to attack sites, including the HDI Arena in Hanover, where a soccer game between Germany and Holland was to take place on Nov. 17. The intelligence provided such precise details that the game was canceled on short notice. No explosives were found in the stadium and no arrests have been made, Stern reported.

According to the magazine, the plans were modeled on the Paris massacre of Nov. 13. Both Israeli and Iraqi intelligence reportedly alerted German authorities one day after the attacks in the French capital.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Berlin told JTA on Wednesday that the embassy “does not comment on security issues.”

Stern cited German government sources, and the report has since been confirmed by the dpa news agency, though Germany’s Federal Intelligence Agency also declined to comment.

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