Israeli Charged as Iranian Spy

Ad Feedback - TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian-born Israeli was charged Sunday for passing sensitive information to Iran. Due to a court-imposed gag order, he remains unnamed.

The Tel Aviv District Court indicted the 55-year-old Israeli for cooperating with Iranian intelligence and disclosing sensitive information about the country's security system employees. He is also believed to have visited regularly with the Iranian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

"The suspect agreed to cooperate with Iranian intelligence officials. He gave them names of people he knew and claimed they were working for Israeli security forces," the police said.

The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) and the Israel Police Serious and International Crimes Unit arrested the suspect at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport on May 8.

Last year, the Shin Bet warned that Iran intended to recruit Israelis as spies when they visited Iran. Since 2006, the Shin Bet has investigated 10 Israelis, both Jewish and Arab, suspected of spying for Iran.

The Shin Bet identified the Iranian consulate in Istanbul as a key location for obtaining crucial information. Israelis who visit the consulate to obtain various Iranian travel documents are often taken to side rooms and interrogated for several hours to reveal information about their military background, their family, and jobs.

The Shin Bet believes Israel is the number one priority for Iranian intelligence gathering.

"Without question, we are the primary target of Iran's spy efforts. They're scared of an Israeli operation," Ephraim Kam, deputy director of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University said.

Kam said the Iranians also use Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to spy, and they train members of Hezbollah and Hamas to eavesdrop.

"Human intelligence is valuable because it reveals some of the weaknesses of the enemy," MK Yisrael Hasson (Yisrael Beitenu), former deputy director of the Shin Bet said recently.

"Israel is dealing with these threats effectively all the time," he said. 

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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