A teenager with dual American and Israeli citizenship was arrested Thursday as the main suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States.
The stunning arrest of the 19-year-old suspect came after an international probe spearheaded by the FBI investigated the more than 100 calls made during the past two months.
The teen — who is himself Jewish — was identified as Michael Kaydar by the Daily Beast.
Kaydar was reportedly nabbed at his home in Ashkelon, a city on Israel's southern coast.
Jewish groups celebrated the arrest in the threats, which raised concerns of a rising wave of anti-Semitism.
Israeli police called the Kaydar a hacker — but said his motives remain unclear.
“He’s the guy who was behind the JCC threats,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, referring to the scores of anonymous calls phoned into Jewish community centers.
Kaydar shielded his face from photographers as guards escorted him out of a courtroom.
The teen’s lawyer said his client suffers from a “very serious” medical condition that kept him out of school and the Israel Defense Forces — and may have affected his behavior.
“This is one of the things the judge told the police to check, to talk to his doctors, to get more documents and to investigate him according to his medical situation,” said attorney Galit Bash.
Kaydar’s father has also been detained for questioning, official said.
The motive for the bomb threat spree remains a mystery. Israeli police said he used sophisticated technology to disguise his voice and location when making the calls to centers in the U.S. as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Israeli authorities worked with the FBI and other international law enforcement to crack the case.
During his arrest, Kaydar tried to grab an officer’s gun until another cop stopped him, officials said.
“Today’s arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, and we will not tolerate the targeting of any community in this country on the basis of their religious beliefs. I commend the FBI and Israeli National Police for their outstanding work on this case.”
More than 150 Jewish centers and schools across America have been hit with bomb hoaxes this year — including three JCCs on Staten Island — with dozens sometimes coming in seemingly coordinated calls on a single day.
Juan Thompson, a disgraced former journalist who lost his job last year for fabricating stories, was arrested in St. Louis earlier this month for at least eight of the threats. Police said his wave of terror appeared to be a form of retaliation against an ex-lover.
President Trump faced fierce criticism in February for his apparent suggestion that Jews might be placing some of the threats to make others “look bad.”
Only later did he condemn the threats.