According to a Forbes report from a Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv last week, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the country’s Military Intelligence Directorate supplied information that thwarted 50 attacks in 20 countries over the past three years, including the attempted terrorist attack on the Etihad plane leaving Sydney.
"The way we used to protect planes was armed guards and security forces ready to burst in... and locked doors to keep pilots and passengers apart," Netanyahu said.
"That plane was not going to be hijacked. That plane from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was going to be exploded in mid-air. We found out through our cyber activities that ISIS was going to do this and we alerted the Australian police and they stopped it before it could happen," Forbes reported.
Last year, Israel's military confirmed that "soldiers of Unit 8200, along with the country’s intelligence community," had provided the Australian authorities with information on a major ISIS plot in 2017 "to down a civilian plane heading from Australia to Abu Dhabi," with "security forces able to arrest the terrorists, who were in the final stages of executing the attack," Forbes reported.
Unit 8200, a military intelligence division in the IDF that collects signal intelligence and code decryption, provided information about the attack that led to the arrests of the suspects, according to a report from UPI last year when the news of the foiled attack broke, and was covered by all major Australian news sources.
According to a news.com.au report in May, Khaled Khayat was convicted of conspiring to cause the attack on the Etihad Abu Dhabi-bound flight from Sydney.
The other incident about which Netanyahu spoke was the provision of information the Mossad was able to give to British authorities that helped foil the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group’s efforts to stockpile explosives in London in 2015.
According to a report by The Daily Telegraph UK, the Hezbollah plot was part of a wider plan to lay the groundwork for future attacks to be committed around the world.