A Texas man was arrested in Israel for planning attacks on Muslim holy sites, and possession of illegal military equipment.
Adam Everett Livix, 30, of Texas, has been charged with possession of weapons and being in the country illegally.
“Shin Bet (internal security) and police arrested an American citizen on November 19 who was illegally in Israel, for possession of weapons and planning terrorist attacks,” a statement said.
“The suspect admitted during questioning to having suggested committing attacks on Muslim holy sites in Israel,” the statement added, saying “weapons stolen from the Israeli army were found in his home.”
Livix, who identifies as a Christian, was also wanted on drug charges in the United States. He was arrested in corroboration with the FBI.
Livix traveled to the Middle East last year and lived in Bethlehem and Hebron, where he posed as a Navy SEAL.
According to the statement, Livix lived in the Palestinian Territories in 2013. He was approached by a Palestinian, who wanted him to assassinate President Obama.
The plot would have taken place while the President was visiting the region last year. He balked at the idea, and fled into Israel illegally—where he lived for a year and a half.
Once in Israel, he started his plan to attack Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. His roommate, an Israeli soldier, helped him obtain explosives.
The arrest comes amidst rising tensions due to several attacks in Jerusalem and elsewhere.
The Al-Aqsa mosque compound is known as Temple Mount to Jews and as Al-Haram Al-Sharif to Muslims. The heightened tensions stem, in part, from some Muslims reacting strongly to what they perceive as Jewish attempts to take it over.
Levix is currently undergoing psychological evaluation.