A car bomb was found by security forces on Wednesday and neutralized through a controlled detonation.
According to authorities, the car was intended to be blown up on a road south of Jerusalem.
Security forces were dispatched to the Beit Jala area following a Palestinian report about the vehicle, which contained gas containers as well as pipes and tires drenched with gasoline.
Security forces believe terrorists planned to detonate the car in one of the tunnel roads south of Jerusalem.
Notably, Palestinians in the Bethlehem area occasionaly provide the IDF with valuable intelligence, thereby preventing terror attacks.
Meanwhile, three Qassam rockets were fired at the western Negev on Thursday afternoon. At least one landed close to a southern community; two other rockets fell in open agricultural territory.
No injuries were reported in the latest rocket strikes.
Shortly afterwards, a fourth Qassam landed in the industrial zone of Ashkelon, and three more were fired at the area during the evening hours, bringing the total number of Qassams fired at Israel on Thursday to seven; no injuries or damage were reported.
Qassam rocket fire from Gaza was renewed Tuesday night, following the assassination of four terrorists by the Air Force. The IDF says they were on their way to carrying out an attack at the Karni border crossing.
A failed assassination attempt was also made against a senior Islamic Jihad member. An army source said that "the message that no one is immune has again been sent, and everyone who is involved in terror can be struck."
The Air Force attacked a number of targets in Gaza on Tuesday night, while army artillery guns continued to fire at areas in Gaza used to launch Qassam rockets.
Hanan Greenberg, Shmulik Hahad, and Ali Waked contributed to this report