Sources in the Defense establishment confirmed on Monday that Toulouse terrorist Mohammed Merah had visited Israel.
According to examinations conducted recently, Merah, who murdered a rabbi and three children in a Jewish school last week, stopped in Israel en route to Afghanistan in September 2010.
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Defense sources confirmed that the terrorist entered Israel from Jordan via the Allenby crossing. He was questioned after arousing the suspicion of border officers but was eventually allowed to enter Israel after it was determined he wasn't involved in terrorist activity.
Merah entered Israel as a tourist with a French passport. The sources had no knowledge of reports that he had been caught with a knife in Jerusalem, as claimed by a French minister last week. Merah left Israel after three days and returned to Jordan.
Meanwhile, French newspaper Le Parisien revealed additional details from the terrorist's exchange with French police during the siege on his house. He told the officers that a day prior to the raid, he had noticed three suspicious cars parked outside his building. He also claimed he was being followed.
It was also reported that a day after the school shooting, where he shot to death four people, he drove to his hometown and played soccer.
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